A keen painter (and occasional metal clay jewellery maker), I’m a self-representing artist currently living in Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District of the United Kingdom. My work tends to be richly textural and tonally variegated, reflecting the limestone and woodland environment I inhabit.
This preoccupation with organic forms and textures is reflected in my painting, most of which falls somewhere between imaginary or remembered landscape
and abstraction, although I’m ambivalent about the term “abstract”.
I paint in oils using a variety of knife, brush, direct hands-on, glazing, impasto or sgraffito techniques, often in a layered process to achieve richness and depth. Frequently landscape will assert itelf before long.
Working on larger more elaborate paintings gradually over time, just as moss and lichens are left to grow over stone, perhaps helps to trick myself into believing that an image is forming of its own accord.
My work also often contains at least some areas of gestural or calligraphic expression. It’s important to me to have this strong element of improvisation.
I’m also committed to making affordable, smaller format original fine art works. I love the sense of intimacy often to be found in such art.
Taoist art interests me as much as lyrical abstraction, along with alchemical imagery, ancient art, Bosch, Van Eyck, Goya, Corot, Turner, Charles Burchfield, Balthus, the Symbolists, Expressionism, Dada and Surrealism, Jugendstil, CoBrA and so-called “Outsider” art.