"I am drawn to the open landscape and moorland punctuated by ancient landmarks as much as animals and flora and fauna."
What makes your work and approach unique?
My frequently detailed response to the natural environment is very personal, with a kaleidoscope of colours, textures and forms and the techniques used to portray them. I engage with my subject matter emotionally on a conscious and subconscious level. I enjoy illustrative work and an impressionistic approach. I see myself as an environmental artist, aware of its fragility and beauty.
Why is your work a good investment?
Colour brings joy and the natural world is soothing, restorative and healing. Bringing the natural environment through art into homes, working environments, hotels, restaurants, cafés and public spaces is a way in which people can relate and respond. It can create a quiet harmonious place within us and can enhance well-being and productivity. The scale of art can be created to fit any space, evoke different emotions and completely change an indoor environment in a positive way.
"I get my real sense of achievement from the art itself. Successfully creating an image that has been simmering inside me is ultimately satisfying."
Tell us about some of your achievements.
Taking part in collaborative group exhibitions has been very rewarding; no two artist’s representation of the similar subject matter is the same. An invited solo show last year was a big achievement.
I get my real sense of achievement from the art itself. Successfully creating an image that has been simmering inside me is ultimately satisfying. By portraying subjects accurately but with personality and vibrancy (like my lobster series), lifts them out of a grey wet day and invites the viewer to have a closer look at these fabulous crustaceans.
"Art allows moments of introspection and peace whilst also having the ability to affect mood and emotion."
What are your sources of inspiration?
Other artists are hugely inspiring; the Swedish artist Carl Larsson is an enduring favourite as are the Danish Skagen painters and the Newlyn School of artists, particularly Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes. Mark Rothko is brilliant for reminding us how important colour can be. Nature is a constant source of inspiration, especially things that remain unaltered by human beings like animals, flora and fauna and our changing seasons. Walking and exploring West Cornwall’s fabulous ancient landscape is hugely invigorating, little pockets of woodland, moorland and rocky granite forms combined with the sea and its ever changing light always offers up some delight in an unexpected way; a flock of seagulls following the fishing boats back to harbour their white forms reflecting light; an unusual tree shape in the mist or a fantastic dragonfly suddenly catching your attention.
"Nature is a constant source of inspiration, especially things that remain unaltered by human beings."