My studio affords me inspirational views of the forest. I walk the wide open spaces with pathways leading over and across, every which way… Dramatic skies, constant cloud movement. Trees are lone sentinels reaching for the sky; beneath them grows a carpet of bracken and vast expanses of lush heather with proud gorse.
Peering through the density of tree trunks to a backdrop of bright blue I notice the contrast of light on a carpet of leaves. I use my camera and sketchbook with minimal media to capture these scenes.
Back in the studio, having gathered a wealth of visual material I begin to explore marks on a variety of surfaces. Time is spent with underpainting and then I return to my multi-layering processes.
My passion is surface and colour and for me oil as a paint medium brings the surface to life. The more you look at a painting and its development the more you see!
Sketchbook imagery provides the stimulus for my painterly approach with glass. Careful selection from a wide range of inclusions enables the surfaces to come to life with light.
The working environment enables me to explore paint/mixed media; glass and clay on an ongoing basis, the kilns being housed separately in a smaller studio.
Walls and work surfaces are able to regularly show exhibitions of my work..