I am a self-taught landscape painter who began painting in 2008. I paint pictures of places and areas I have a deep attachment to and painting is for me the best way to express my feelings for these places.
By and large up to now I have produced a traditional style of objective representation, combined with the use of traditional oil painting practices to attempt a sense of lyrical depth and romanticism. I enjoy the craft of my art, patient creation, close observation and subtlety.
I look for scenes that might otherwise go unnoticed or may not have been captured before. I am drawn to the ephemeral and trying to capture that brief moment in time to convey something of the ‘ordinary’. All the paintings are first sketched in the open air before being refined later. The challenge of balancing the chiaroscuro, patterns of light and shade, and creating a realistic depiction of depth and form are the most enjoyable parts of the painting process.
I worked as curator at Port Sunlight Museum between 2011 – 2016. A knowledge and feel for the history of the landscape is important to me.
My first exhibited work won first prize at the Irby Artists Association Annual Exhibition in 2011. Later I had works displayed at the View Two Gallery in Liverpool, and the Wirral Open Exhibition. In 2017 I had work selected for the Royal Institute of British Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. My first solo exhibition was held at the Domby Gallery in Southport in Spring 2016 entitled ‘Wirral Horizons’, which showcased a selection of work done on location around Wirral.