I am a largely self-taught oil painter born in Scotland and now living in East Anglia with my wife.
I am inspired by light, nature, water and reflections.
I have found in the surrounding countryside and coastlines of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk a constant source of inspiration, together with the more rugged beauty of Cornwall.
I originally began my art journey in Watercolour which was a challenge, but now paint exclusively in oils. I find that with this medium there is a far greater freedom. You are able to move the paint around, paint thin and thick and make adjustments where necessary.
I like painting in the great outdoors (en plein air) in all weathers and in the studio where I can paint more considered pieces whilst attempting to maintain the freshness of painting outside.
Working ‘en plein air’ encourages spontaneity and keeps the work fresh, avoiding the mistake of overworking and adding unnecessary details.
I find it is an instinctive way of painting, reacting to the changing weather and light conditions which often produces unforeseen results. It is all about capturing the “essence” of a place in a few brushstrokes and limited amount of time.
The work of fellow artists is always an inspiration and I visit as many exhibitions as possible. Be it the great Impressionists or contemporary artists such as Ken Howard, RA and Peter Brown.