I’m very fortunate to live in the South West, near the Somerset Levels. Influenced by the flat lines of this landscape, some of my work has ventured into a more abstract simplified mode. This approach shuns the neatness and predictability of straight lines – presenting a more natural arrangement of irregular shapes enclosed by watery borders and floods. (See ‘Waterland’ and ‘Fields of Gold’ in my Gallery.)
The beautiful natural South West coastline (including the wildness of Exmoor and Cornwall) is not far away either. The bold and colourful work of the 1930-60s St.Ives abstract artists is a definite influence and inspiration. More recently I have been revisiting Antoni Tapies’s artworks – which use all manner of fabrics, paper, and found objects in weird and wonderful ways.
The first art courses I took were many years ago at the Universidad de Las Americas – while living in Mexico. This included the unique and privileged experience of drawing and painting the local native Mexicans in Life-Drawing and Portrait sessions. Since then, I have taken numerous short art courses whenever I could fit them in.
More recently, wanting to make up for lost time, I attended a full-time Access Course at the Somerset Art College in Taunton which gave me the confidence and experience I needed to get going exhibiting my work. Since then I am happy to say I have successfully sold my work in the UK and USA.
Making art continues to be a fascinating, rewarding, and often challenging journey.
Somerset Levels in flood 2014
The magic of Porlock Weir