Looking around my studio I sometimes wonder how I arrived at this point.... being a full time painter...... a romantic notion in itself !! Well I guess from being a small person the act of drawing was a way of escaping and that still holds true, I just do it now on a larger scale and with a paint brush. However the absolute answer is I just worked hard at something I love to do......often frustrating, nearly always all consuming..... but so satisfying and rewarding when it comes together.
Painting is a very solitary activity and my paintings become a conversation with myself. So its no surprise to me that an odd figure, an upside down house, a strange dog or teapot appears in my work......its only a reflection of my thoughts and memories. As well as a personal reflection I find that I also incorporate the narrative of others which I trip over either in person or through the media.
I now live and work a mile from the Devon coast at Bigbury, a great place to live. The studio is where I retreat to work...... though it is also somewhere I need to escape from, at times when things just don’t seem to be going the way I intend. So then the beach is where I head to...... walking and talking through my thoughts which tumble in my head not always about work but also about decisions of the day to day, which I need to resolve before I can paint. So living by the coast for the last few years hasn’t turned me into a seascape artist. Rather it has influenced elements, like colour and scale, but most importantly it has given me a place to clear my head and restore my thoughtsf both before and after painting.