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“I think of my expressive and abstract paintings as found landscapes and as visual journeys. They evolve on the canvas and the focus of the painting gradually comes into view”

I attempt to create in my paintings a similar experience to an unfamiliar landscape being looked at for the first time, an uncertainty of what lies ahead, the puzzle that we undertake in trying to identify what belongs to the sky, what is the sea, what is the land and at what point they all meet. I welcome accident and ambiguity in my paintings. This active consideration of the paintings illusion to space, keeps it alive and active and being open to reinterpretation.


“Solitary walks at dawn and dusk is my favourite way to be in the landscape. I am calmed and soothed by the soft light and silence. ”

I feel the pull to walk amongst the surfaces evolving in front of me and disappear traversing them. I hope to capture this urge for adventure and my desire for an endless journey across the land that is laid out before me. This suggestion of physical movement is an important element in my painting process.
The main inspirations for the landscapes that I paint is the uk coast but predominantly the North Norfolk coast. I am drawn to its endless beaches at low tide reflecting the huge skies in its wet sand and pools. its beaches are like massive canvases painted on by the clouds and the sea, shaped by the wind, littered with flotsom by the tide, shaded by the clouds, tracks scored into its surface and channels etched by water coming and going from the sea.

I was born in Cornwall, brought up in Devon, studied in London graduating from Chelsea School of art in 1991 with a BA (Hons) in Sculpture, I now paint, preferring its intimacy and immediacy of expression. My studio is aboard my narrowboat, moored in Ely.