My first exhibition this year will be with WOS.
Made in Kenilworth - Part of Kenilworth Arts Festival September 2021. Dates to be confirmed.
Hello there, welcome to my bit of the Warwickshire Open Studio 2021 virtual gallery.
My desire to become a landscape and portrait artist developed during my years as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer, my commercial work was client led and increasingly digitally based this rarely gave me time to explore the skills involved in becoming a fine artist, I was given a box of ancient oil paints some of which date back to the 1970’s by a friend, and they remained in that box for another fifteen years until I finally had the opportunity to use them to paint my first body of work my goal being WOS 2018.
This is my 4th year as a WOS exhibitor, and although 2020’s summer event was cancelled my artistic year was not totally lost to the strangeness of lockdown. Before we found ourselves confined to home most of my paintings were inspired by the beautiful coastal and mountain scenes typical of Pembrokeshire, photographs and plein air sketching providing resources to work from when back at home in Kenilworth.
Fortunately I’ve found the local scenery more than enough inspiration, during long walks taking many photographs, I soon built up enough creative buzz for me to get my brushes out. I set up a temporary studio at home and another upon our narrow boat which was a bit of a squeeze and tried not to worry about the things I have no control over, artwork included!
I focused instead upon Kenilworth colours, I noticed early on that the skies and the surrounding landscape took on a more fresh and crystal clear look, as the pollution levels dropped. The sunrises and sunsets have been breathtaking and surreal. As a result I’ve become increasingly interested by naturally layered images, when horizons, skies and middle ground are obscured by trees and undergrowth. The challenge when painting, of retaining all that can be glimpsed through and behind the leaves and branches that cover my view whilst capturing the filtered and fragmented light and shadows has been a visual puzzle that I’ve enjoyed exploring. Painting the scenery in Kenilworth has forced me to deal with capturing trees in all their seasonal guises and I’ve tried to negotiate the skills involved in painting nocturnes which are especially tricky.
I now have a small body of original oil paintings, framed prints and cards available that I hope you would enjoy coming to see during this summer’s WOS event. In the meantime both my prints and cards are available through the fabulous Farthing Gallery in Old Town Kenilworth.