I was born in London, raised in Scotland, have studied and worked in Switzerland, France, Edinburgh, Dundee and London; and I now live in Cornwall. I have an MA in Fine Art Painting from Chelsea College of Art.
I have lived in West Penwith, Cornwall, for fifteen years now so Im what is known as a blow-in to the locals: a recent arrival in the time-frame of this ancient land and its inhabitants. I am enchanted and captivated by the ceaseless dance of transient beauty conjured by the elements on this exposed peninsula at the end of the land.
In my paintings I try to convey something of my speechless awe at witnessing the daily and cyclical transformations of this landscape and its lifeforms: twisting gorse, many-petaled swathes of seasonal colour; Atlantic storms and arching skies of light and cloud; enduring shrubs, rocks and headlands; vast ocean reaches and tumbling streams. I particularly love the birds and flowers that enliven gardens, dwellings, hedges, fields, moorland, cliffs and, of course, the sea.
I work (and play) primarily using water-soluble oil paints on linen, canvas, paper.
My entry point for a new painting is often through a sketch I have made en plein air. The sketches give me a physical record and reminder of what I experienced and observed at the time. The subsequent painting process allows me to synthesize my experience and my reflections upon it, first and foremost through colour. My colour choices, brushstroke energy and a push-pull contrast offered where figuration couples with abstraction, permit me to explore dichotomies both aesthetic and symbolic. I find the composition of each painting resolving itself along the way.
The act of painting, together with the uniquely local community, landscape and climate of Cornwall, supports and nourishes me by reminding me daily of the infinite possibilities for meeting and viewing this extraordinary adventure of existence with fresh eyes and expression.
TO SUBMIT WORK TO THE SUMMERHOUSE GALLERY
Here at The Summerhouse we love to support both established and new, up and coming artists with an affinity to Cornwall. We do recieve a very large volume of submissions, and although we take care to view every artists work, it is very difficult to discuss work with every single artist who gets in touch.
Please send us a selection of work which you feel best represents you, along with an artists statement and a list of other galleries which represent your work if applicable. You can email this to email@example.com or post to our address, with contact details (email or telephone) which we can reach you via should your application be successful.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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