Living in the beautiful hills of Derbyshire I am compelled to paint the natural world around me. My inspirations happen when I see dramatic light moving across landscape and when visiting the coast, contemplate the translucent tones of aquamarine and turquoise in the sea. Working with vivid intensity I love bright jewel like colours and gather visual material en plein air in response to the rugged elements. Making rapid drawings in my sketchbook or using a camera, these preliminary pieces are translated in to finished paintings. Working expressively in oils or acrylics, often with a palette knife, I apply layer on layer until the painting reaches a natural conclusion. My influences are the Impressionists and I admire contemporary artists who work from nature.
I attended Sheffield Hallam University finishing with a BA Hons (first class), subsequently achieving a PGCE and lecturing in colleges. I am now free to pursue my passion for art, governed only by the one thing that inspires me the most, the beauty of the natural world around me.