‘I am self-taught landscape artist, working in watercolour, water-based media and monoprint. Although I knew I wanted to draw and paint from an early age, it was many years before I could devote myself full time to painting. I managed to paint while working and I started selling my work in local galleries. This encouraged me to make the change to part time working so I could develop my painting further. I made the decision to go full time as an artist in 2007’.
‘My paintings are representational and I attempt to convey a sense of place without becoming overly contrived or deliberate. I work quickly, drawing seemingly haphazard marks with a brush. I am thinking about the painting and letting it speak to me, rather than purely replicating the landscape image in front of me. It is about experimenting and pushing the water-based medium as far as I can without the use of opaque or white pigment’.
’My monoprints concentrate on playing with tone, texture and mark making. These elements are revealed both in the wiping of ink from the plate and by marking and drawing on the plate itself. There is a mechanical process to it all which I find quite therapeutic and there is an excitement too with the unpredictability of the pulled print’.
Elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) in 2011.
The Neil Meacher Sketching Prize in the RI 200 Exhibition (2012), the Frank Herring award in 2014, the Winsor & Newton award in 2016 and the Matt Bruce memorial award in 2018.
Learn more about the RI: http://royalinstituteofpaintersinwatercolours.org
Book - ‘The RI, Then and Now’.
The Artist - August 2008, April, July, November & December 2015, January, August, November & December 2016, May & July 2018, March 2019
The Art of Watercolour – March 2018
Artists & Illustrators Magazine - April 2013
Somerset magazine – January 2011
Lifelines; The vital dry-stone walls of the Mendip Hills AONB (2008)
50 Wessex Artists (2006), Somerset magazine – October 2000, International Artist – January 2000
ING Discerning Eye 2016
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 elected member 2011
Royal Society of Marine Artists 2015
Royal Watercolour Society 2009
Royal West of England Academy 1998, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Shenzen International Watercolour Biennial 2013
South West Academy 2000
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Watercolour International II, Thessaloniki Biennial of Watercolour 2014