The strong tides and rough seas of the Devon coastline inspire my work. These large waves have influence a series of oil paintings started 5 years ago that have amounted to 47 so far. The rivers around Dartmoor and long exposure photographic images of water have influence another series of paintings started recently. I am interested in looking at the way images are altered using this photographic technique and like the idea of taking it to another medium and exploring the results.
Following the initial painting and drying process I applying glazes of oil paint to further enrich the surface of my work. I may go back to a canvas on several occasions over a period of time until I am completely satisfied with the texture and depth of colour in the finished painting.
Born in Buckinghamshire, I move to Devon 14 years ago and am now based in Teignmouth, Devon. I visited the Torbay area on a regular basis as I child and the coastal imagery I encountered influenced my work. Painting from an early age it wasn’t until I reached my mid 30’s that I went to art school, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth. I admire the free use of large brush strokes and textures Maggi Hambling shows in her wave paintings. I often return to the work of Kurt Jackson and Peter Doig for inspiration and a sense of place.