My work explores the richness and abundance of natural habitats, and compares how such complex aesthetic elements combine to produce calm, reflective spaces to enjoy. I consider concepts of transience and shifting atmosphere, depth and mystery, imperfection and patina from weather, decay and growth.
Each landscape’s character is made up of unique components and biodiversity; by revisiting a location over time, an intimacy and narrative of place is built up. I try to capture and express the emotional quality such places generate in us; whether a sense of unwinding, humility, curiosity or energy, making paintings that look beyond visual representation to describe a closer experience.’
As part of my work, I seek to raise environmental awareness about local habitats; engaging with the public at open studio events as well as writing research essays which are published online. I have enjoyed being invited to join initiatives such as ‘The Big Art Project’ – working with a local school to create a body of nature-focused work for Kirkcudbright Galleries; having work selected to represent Scotland’s coastal and wild spaces at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and exhibiting at Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
I received a visual arts degree from Bournemouth University in 2000 & completed specialisms in abstract and expressionist oil painting at the Norfolk Painting School in 2014. I am an A-N and Upland professional member.