Exploring and responding to the Cornish landscape in abstract paintings: from the moorland, valley, fields and garden – wherever I walk – to the growth, harvest, decay and renewal of the nature, to human impact on the natural world.
My paintings have moved towards abstraction, incorporating shapes and symbols derived from nature and the landscape around me – the rugged hills, granite boulders and the tors of Bodmin Moor; footpaths, fields, streams and woodland, trees and hedgerows of the Lynher Valley. Colours, textures, lines and shapes – the painting seems to find its own direction, but still retaining a feeling of these places that I know well.
Living in Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, I walk every day through fields from the studio, or along footpaths and out on the moor. I need that connection with the landscape, as part of the natural environment, to absorb the colours and textures, the energy of nature.
I sometimes like to take the camera with me when walking, see images, not to use in painting composition – though I found this helpful for some of my early Bodmin Moor paintings – but for a visual reminder of a moment, an experience, a route, the changing seasons or a particular detail.
My roots lie deep in the Cornish landscape; ancestors have farmed in north Cornwall for generations and I grew up here in a farming family. Returning to this valley on the edge of Bodmin Moor – after teaching in primary schools and in art education – a small converted stone barn is now my painting studio. This part of Cornwall I know well, and reflected in my paintings are elements of the the rural landscape around my studio, the valley and the rugged hills of Bodmin Moor.
Open Studios Cornwall: 27 May to 4th June, daily 11am – 5pm.
Kreft Landreyne – our local display of creative work and open studios. see post
Open Studios Cornwall
A’n Dor (Of the Earth) – Lynher Valley exhibition and open studios
Open Studios Cornwall
Lynher Valley Art Walk and open studios
Lander Gallery, Truro. Six of my Bodmin Moor paintings were included in an exhibition called ‘Wild Cornwall’.
Lynher Valley Art Walk and open studios.