Why, where, when and how . . . . . . . .
I paint the places and objects that I love and which inspire me. I grew up surrounded by the heather of the Surrey Hills and exploring the wild West Coasts of Scotland and Cornwall. My paintings are often a response to these landscapes and coasts, and they are evolved from memories and drawings.
I walk out every day, with the dog and collect additional materials , so that stones, leaves and feathers become visual reminders of the place and time.
I love the connection between the natural rhythms of the land and how it reflects our presence or the lack of it. The way that landscapes are shaped by ourselves and our ancestors, leaving marks and echoes through time.
My canvasses are often painted and repainted so that traces of the original images remain present, creating layers of texture, colour and interwoven history.
I studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, graduating in 1984.
My great-grandfather was the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Sir John Everett Millais.