As an abstract painter my work implements observations, made by sketching, of the natural setting of forest trees. I like to work in oils for the reason of it’s expressive qualities as a purpose of atmospherically capturing the depth and spatial qualities of the woodlands. The natural setting is observed through centrally standing amongst it and I liberate this experience by using strong colours to describe the light that shines through a mesh of foliage. Layers of different colour oil glazes are subsequently followed with vigorous brushstrokes, pallet-knifed, illustrating the tangled and ambiguous branches. Built up layers of glazes and gestural marks completes the overall composition illustrating the relationship between vision and spectator.
I have exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions.
5yrs (2005-10) teaching arts & crafts – inc. abstract painting – to the older generation in retirement villages (Extracare Charitable Trust) throughout the country as far north as Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Nottingham to west of country Hereford, Redditch and Milton Keynes.
Posed as Rolf Harris giving a drawing class at a large outdoor event with hundreds of viewers & participators at Willen Lake in Mk in 2008
Scenery back-drops – themed such as James Bond (Coventry), Cinders Panto (which i performed in as Cinders, Redditch) in 2008
Sold work in Sydney, Australia in 1998 – mural in a nepaulese restaurant, sign, portraits
x2 Murals on garden walls of Schools for slow learning children (Luton, Beds) in 1993
Signage for 5yrs (1992-7) for various South Beds show, Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth plus various businesses, shops, cafes, restaurants etc.
I worked in America, New England, Maine via Camp America teaching arts & crafts to children 5-16yrs old in 1994 (2-3mths).