I am a landscape painter based in Helston where I am able to fully explore the varied Lizard Peninsula, and beyond, through oil paintings. Working en plein air and in the studio I try to capture the atmosphere and ‘feel’ of a place. Whilst painting I use a variety of alla prima techniques and traditional glazes.
Working in Cornwall
My work relies on my direct observations of nature, often whilst out walking my dogs. The contrasting light and colours that I see, motivate me to paint a landscape. My current work is concerned with this interaction rather than details. Living in Cornwall near the sea provides many painting possibilities both coastal and inland, therefore I am never short of inspiration.
As a painter in oils, I like to work on several paintings in the studio at the same time, as well as spending time painting outdoors. This allows for the slower drying time, meaning there is always something to work on in various states of readiness.
Usually I find somewhere quiet, off the beaten track, where I can work quickly and without distractions, loosely trying to capture that particular moment in time. This work helps me remember what I’ve seen when I’m back in the studio. My preferred medium is oils and whilst working outside things can get messy on the canvas. A palette knife is an essential tool in my painting box – mainly for scraping back the layers to reveal the under painting.
This year I will exhibit locally and am taking part in Cornwall Open Studios in May / June and other mixed exhibitions during 2017. This year will also see my first solo exhibition for several years at the Old Lifeboat House Gallery in Porthleven during July. Also this year, I hope to submit my work to galleries out of the county of Cornwall, so watch this space for progress reports.