I work exclusively ‘plein air’ so I can respond to my surroundings directly. There is no touching up in the studio, it’s about the experience of being in a place and how a painting is constructed as a result.
The humble sketch has more to offer me than the ‘finished’ painting. I’m interested in the freedom felt when switching off the analytical mind and working intuitively, particularly in the open space found at the coast.
When a painting arrives organically and unforced, the transient nature of the subject gets explained not only through my own interpretation, but through the paint itself.
It’s not enough to just say that the work is about feelings felt in a place. The painting has to convey this through the way it’s presented and every mark made needs to have life.
I want a painting to be fresh on each viewing, like looking at a moving image.
After completing an art foundation course at Falmouth, I went on to study at Winchester School of Art. I graduated in 2001 with a BA (hons) fine art degree in sculpture and returned to Cornwall. At the same time I felt inspired to move away from sculpture and return to my real passion: painting.
Feeling the love
We spent some time looking for someone who could produce some solid wooden frames to mount our medals in. James, listened carefully to what we wanted and made us the exact high-quality frame we needed. Since then, we re-order every couple of weeks including some complex bespoke frames. We have been working together for about 10 years and I couldn’t recommend The Framing Centre highly enough.
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