Abstract paintings with nature and the landscape as starting points – wherever I walk, observing the natural environment, growth, harvest, decay and renewal. In recent years I am also using my paintings to express concerns for human impact on the natural world and implications for the future, alongside my own efforts and changes that I make in my daily life.

My work is an exploration of colours, lines and textures, and through making these marks on a surface I’m also delving into the vitality in nature’s wild abundance around me and the impact of our own species; I’m finding the glimpsed and ephemeral, the personal, the overlooked and neglected. Experiences of being in and part of this landscape are usually the initial narrative – the rugged hills, granite boulders and the tors of Bodmin Moor; footpaths, fields, streams and woodland, trees and hedgerows of the Lynher Valley. The painting will eventually find its own direction which may be through initial sketches and exploratory drawings, the choice of materials, sometimes adding organic material, often layers that may be smudged or scraped, but always retaining the knowledge and something truthful that fulfils a purpose so the painting becomes a distillation of these things.

Living in this beautiful corner of Cornwall, close to 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 and natural environment. I see the farming seasons and  the changing the landscapes; I pick up litter discarded in hedgerows, smell the pollution from vehicles; I count the decreasing numbers of butterflies, and feel a loss when ‘our’ swallows haven’t returned to nest in the garage (although thankfully three finally arrived this year – 2019 – a few weeks later than usual). 

I sometimes take photographs, catching images and glimpses of possible routes for paintings, as visual reminders of a moment, an experience, the drama of a season. Then it’s back in the studio where I bring those thoughts together.

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 live in this valley on the edge of Bodmin Moor – after teaching in primary schools and before that teaching art in secondary and further 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 life and landscape around my studio.

 

2019
Open Studios Cornwall

2017
Open Studios Cornwall

2016
Kreft Landreyne – exhibition 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  ‘Wild Cornwall’.
Lynher Valley Art Walk and open studios