Born in Cornwall in 1977, I grew up in a creative environment and painted from a very young age. I moved to London at 18 to study art at university where I studied a mixture of skills; painting, life drawing, ceramics, and print, geared towards commissions for contemporary spaces.
Since graduating I have focused on painting. As a juxtaposition to my landscapes paintings, often dramatic seascapes and still life, my abstract works have a solidity and resistance; they act as a counterpoint, using the same palette, I create works distinct from my ethereal paintings, layers of etching paper, hand drawn, crude yet purposeful, pairing textures and colours to contrast and compliment. The drama is more in the rendering of the work as opposed to the final vision – adding and subtracting, implementing aged paper mediums that have their own patina and texture that is impossible to recreate, tearing away with deliberate intent to find a visual harmony
My landscape paintings have a starting point in the Cornish coastline. The amazing light, the huge and ever changing skies and beautiful dramatic coastlines, I have always greatly admired the Cornish abstract impressionists, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson, whose work draws directly from experiences of a dramatic or calmness in nature and landscape. More recently I have found myself looking at the work of Turner with his amazing sense of light. I’m inspired by the patterns nature creates – the force of the elements against the landscape, and the art it creates by itself with erosion and decomposition against rock, sands, and man made objects.
My work is rarely an actual place, instead I hope to build an atmosphere in a painting which draws you in and allows you to imagine yourself there, stood on a cliff, a beach or behind the dunes, exposed to the elements and the unpredictability of nature. My paintings are more about the light and the feelings a place can evoke in the viewer, the emotions that a memory of a place and time can stir within. A memory of thoughts and feelings within a landscape, often a special and private moment, where the vastness and beauty of the landscape around you brings a sense of perspective, clarity and calm .
I set up Columbia Road Gallery in 2005 where I exhibit my work and a select group of other artists on an ongoing basis. www.columbiaroadgallery.com.
I have exhibited extensively with various galleries across the UK and in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sweden.