I love the Norfolk landscape, particularly the coast line. Painting the Norfolk landscape is like trying to fit a billboard onto a postcard, the sea and sky escape from the edges of the canvas.
This landscape moves me to try and create some sense and understanding of the experience of standing on the marshes surrounded by elemental infinity.
On graduating from NSAD with a degree in Fine Art I left painting for a while and played with words and photography, my illustrations have been published in a variety of literary magazines.
I began to paint again, small domestic figurative scenes led me to explore pattern and wallpaper with line drawing and flat colour
I wanted to use line and pattern to create visually rich pieces; this led to my landscape work.
Landscape painting had always been my instinctive choice, I began to try and communicate the sense of the space without telling the whole story.
I try to explain the atmosphere of the scene.
I spend a lot of time making rough sketches and colour notes particularly around Stiffkey, Cley and Morston I use these as references to create paintings back in my studio in North Norfolk.
I usually paint on calico stretched onto board and make my own gesso, oil paints, dammar resins and varnishes using recipes dated to the old masters.
My paintings range in size from small 170mm x 120mm up to paintings which measure 2m x 1.5m