I am a semi figurative landscape painter living in North Yorkshire. Originally from Sheffield, I moved to Ripon to study Fine Art in the late 80’s, and apart from a year in London to attend Goldsmith’s college, I have stayed in North Yorkshire ever since.
I love the wide open spaces in the Vale of York, and the easy access to both the spectacular Yorkshire coast, and the Moors and Dales. Visiting these areas as regularly as time permits, they feature heavily in my work. These days I work from memory after these visits, and am inspired by the transitions of light, weather and the seasons. I don’t usually know where each painting is going to be about when I start. I try to respond to the image as the painting progresses.
I work predominantly in oils, pushing the paint around, scratching into it, and building up layers and glazes. Stepping back regularly, and thinking about what is happening on the canvas, I find that each piece tends to take on a life of it’s own, and usually becomes redolent of a place recently visited.