Born in Hereford, educated in Cardiff, I am a self-taught artist who lives in Swansea. I love light and colour. In my art I am drawn to light and shadows and how they shape our emotions. I use oil on linen canvas mainly. I remember visiting the South of France as a teenager and being mesmerized by the dazzling light, I have been attempting to capture that excitement about light in my paintings ever since. I particularly love the natural world, animals and landscapes. I am also drawn to empty places like churchyards, woods and hills. When I paint in oils I usually paint the light first and then layer the shadows and mid-tones. I try and make my colours bold and bright but as realistic as possible. I aim to make people look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary beauty in it.
Heraldic Artist and Calligrapher, painting heraldic arms in colour or in black and white (ie ones registered with an appropriate heraldic authority)
I also take commissions for handpainted illuminated initial letters on watercolour or silk fibre paper for custom gifts. and sell my own ranges of 6 x 6"printed heraldic animal cards and 6 x 4" calligraphy message cards.
I am happy to discuss any enquiries for possible commissions from anyone interested in any aspect of my work.
The great outdoors is my studio, I am one of those mad all year round plein air Watercolour Artists.
As for my work, I aim to capture the atmosphere, light and essence of what I see around me. The subjects I paint are vast, I cannot predict what I will see that inspires in any particular moment. It might be hazy light, a storm or a feeling of deja vu. I just know I love it!
I paint in a semi abstract style using acrylics, collage and mixed media. In my printmaking, use of collage and colour are used in my collographs, linocuts and mono prints. Inspired by colour, places visited, objects and buildings.