I paint impressionistic oils and watercolours, inspired mainly by nature and man’s involvement with it. I express the excitement I feel about the places I like.
For me, atmosphere is more important than too much detail. Leaving something to your imagination may stimulate you to engage with the work more closely and perhaps enjoy it more too.
Another reason for my impressionist approach is that I want to create an interesting composition in an abstract sense – through an appealing arrangement of colours, shapes, lines, tones and textures. This leads me to move things around a little and perhaps change or exaggerate the colours – but I always aim to express the atmosphere and sense of place which I experienced at the time.
Edge of the Fell, Cumbria
Some of my work explores the Edge of the Fell, a rich and varied landscape, where cultivated farmland meets open country.
Here are many signs of man’s activities from days when more people worked the land – ancient walls, barns, sheepfolds and trackways. Farming has changed and today the fell edge is gradually being reclaimed by nature. It’s visually interesting and has a powerful sense of place and history.
Exhibitions - 2020
|28 Jan - 22 March||Upfront Open Exhibition Visit Upfront|
|7 - 20 September||Open Studios, 10am-5pm daily, as part of EVAN's Art Trail|
Northern Lights, Keswick https://northernlightsgallery.co.uk
Eden Valley Artistic Network Gallery, Penrith www.edenvalleyartisticnetwork.co.uk