Abstract paintings from the landscape: moorland, valley, fields and garden – wherever I walk – observing the growth, harvest, decay and renewal of nature, to human impact on the natural world. 

My paintings move towards abstraction over realism, finding the colours, shapes and experiences of nature and this landscape – 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 will find its own direction from initial sketches, working drawings, the choice of materials, but still retaining the knowledge and becoming a distillation of these places.

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, to catch ideas and glimpses of possible painting composition – some of my early Bodmin Moor paintings were based on photographs – but now these images form a visual reminder of a moment, an experience, a route, the changing seasons or a particular detail.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREMy 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 rural landscape around my studio.

 

2017
Open Studios Cornwall: 27 May to 4th June

2016
Kreft Landreyne – our local display of creative work and open studios

2015 
Open Studios Cornwall
A’n Dor (Of the Earth) – Lynher Valley group exhibition and open studios

2014
Open Studios Cornwall
Lynher Valley Art Walk and open studios

2013 
Lander Gallery, Truro. Six of my Bodmin Moor paintings were included in an exhibition called ‘Wild Cornwall’.
Lynher Valley Art Walk and open studios