About me

I have a long and loving relationship with South Devon, North Cornwall and the Cotswolds. Now living in the North Cotswolds I am lucky to be surrounded by such beauty and a wealth of inspiration. Since graduating from from a Fine Art degree from Gloucestershire University and a Masters degree in Urban Design from Birmingham City University, I have exhibited locally throughout Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. I took a break from painting in my late 20s, but have since rekindled my love of painting and created a beautiful home studio space, providing the perfect environment to inspire and be inspired.

I love to take long walks with my dog, and always keep a camera handy for capturing those magic moments. Searching for inspiration throughout UK and European destinations I begin my process with reference photographs, quick pen sketches and sometimes painting en plein air when the opportunity arises. I often paint from my studio, either starting from scratch or finishing off a painting that I may have started on site. I currently prefer to paint with acrylic paints on either canvas boards or MDF panels that I prime first. Acrylic paint mixed with a gloss media gives me the variety in application that I love. Working with thin transparent glazes to thicker impasto layers allows a versatility and spontaneity in my approach, meaning I can adjust the light and tone of a piece as I work, but also at a later point in the painting if I decide a few alterations are needed here and there. I will sometimes work in mixed media in sketchbooks or on loose paper first to free up my expression, which helps to free up my inhibitions too.

I tend to work with a palette of around eight colours, sometimes introducing a feature colour if required. Now and again I’ll swap out a colour for another, depending on the impression I’m wanting to create.

The main subject of my work often focuses on sea, land and more recently sky. I feel a deep sense of wholeness and joy when exploring the natural world surrounding us and find that the most interesting compositions can often be the relationship between these forms and the elements that cause them to dramatically differ from one moment to the next.