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I am a painter working in oils and acrylic to create abstract and semi-abstract landscapes, portraits and organic work.
I was born in Shropshire and graduated from Newcastle University in 1996 with a degree in fine art, after specialising in mixed media painting. Since that time I’ve continued to paint part-time while working within art education, firstly in the Midlands and then in the South West where I’m currently based. However, I now work full-time as a professional artist, exploring themes within my painting in greater depth.
My subjects include the rural beauty of the landscape around me in England and Wales, the exploration of the natural world at a microscopic, cellular level and the expressionist qualities within portraiture.
Through the process of painting, I seek to find a balance between shapes, patterns, textures and colours and in doing so, I approach my work in two different ways. I either start with the random application of colours and marks; building up layers of textures from which shapes and compositions emerge, or I begin with a more realistic rendering of a subject or place; drawing with paint. I also try to emphasise draughtsmanship within my work, exploring the relationship between the drawn image and the abstract mark.