Fragile Adornment 92cm x 70cm
Promise 120cm x 92cm
Porthleven 92cm x 70cm
I am constantly developing my style, experimenting with my approach to using paint, exploring and creating as many variations of mark making as I possibly can. While doing this I am very conscious of my colour considerations and the moods that these colours evoke when placed next to each other. I am on a mission to push the idea of having a dark moody sky with an element of light that leaves the viewer to ponder the idea of infinite possibility.
My main inspiration comes from being outside, studying the ocean and sky in all weather conditions, If I observe for long enough and make colour sketches on location I can tune in and record the subtle changes in colour that are fundamental to consider when depicting such a scene. I also gain a lot of inspiration and motivation from the students I teach in Leamington Spa, people who have little experience yet can create a sense of expression in their work is always inspirational.
My preferred medium is oil paint, I do sometimes create an acrylic underpainting first as I really like the way the oil paint behaves when applied over acrylic. I often dilute the oil paint down with turpentine in the initial stages and use it like watercolour. I have recently been experimenting with fluorescent paints in my underpainting and have had some really interesting results - I think the key is to never stop exploring.