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Monday, 4 February 2008

A little bit about me and my work

I am a full time artist working from my home based studio in the New Forest, Hampshire. My artwork can be found in many UK and International private & corporate art collections. My collection of art designs are vibrant and full of energy and are competitively priced. I hope you will enjoy the beautiful colours and vitality of my paintings, I have been told that my paintings radiate a healing energy. I paint mainly abstract nature paintings and am particularly fascinated with the sea so I have quite a few seascape oil paintings in my portfolio, however, I always like a challenge and like to experiment with other media and subjects. I am fascinated by nature and its many shapes and try to capture a mood or feeling within my work.

Although I studied Art at college many moons ago it was only in the last few years that I’ve achieved my dream of becoming a full time artist. I have always painted for pleasure as a hobby and now that I am painting full time I have so much more to offer in terms of creativity. As a professional artist I feel so incredibly lucky to be doing what I love most each day. My creativity is a natural trait and from the earliest age that I can remember I have loved art and everything associated with it. I have always been passionate about all things that express my creativity and through an evolving journey I now specialise in contemporary abstract art as I feel this gives me the most freedom of expression.

I gain my inspiration from nature and its beautiful and varied colours; I live in the New Forest in Hampshire and am close to the coast so I am surrounded by astounding natural beauty. One of the blessings of being a visual artist is the intensity with which the world appears to me. This has nothing to do with 20/20 vision, but with the attention I pay as an artist to my surroundings, for example the play of light and dark on the landscape at dusk will fascinate me and the way the sun kisses the sea, transforming it into a bed of jewels just amazes me, all of which awaken my creative desire to paint these images.

I work mainly in oils as I love their depth and intensity and the colours that they create are mind blowing, I quite often use layers of thin glazes on my paintings to create depth and focus. I strongly believe that colour is mood enhancing, so whether it be to calm and relax or to generate a positive energy, I endeavour to impress a particular feeling or emotion within my paintings. For example, the arrival of Spring presents us with colours only seen at this time of year, like the startling yellow-green shades of new growth that soon turn the more common darker greens.

I try to capture the essence of nature in my paintings, the most exciting times to see nature for me is in early morning, at dusk, or when the weather causes changes in the lighting, ordinary images stand out more and create stronger contrasts. I see my work as a vehicle for the observer to experience the passion and emotion of nature through my eyes.

I am continually turning the natural world around me into abstract compositions. On walks near my house, I follow the patterns of shadows on the ground, or the sun's reflection in puddles. I look up at the web of branches overhead forming an intricate pattern of criss-crossing lines. I study the texture of bark on the trees. Any of it might form the basis for an abstract design.

My artwork can be found in many UK and International private & corporate collections with some of my work being published in the home interiors glossy magazine House & Home Ideas; in the January 2006 issue my painting ‘Sunburst’ featured in an article about the Best Contemporary Art Around. In 2007 ‘Mountain Lake’ featured in the House & Home Ideas October issue in an article about Landscape Art. ‘Harvest’ and ‘Dartmoor Sunset’ have also featured in the November 2007 issue in an essentials feature about ‘Art for Autumn’ and more recently ‘Alpine Sanctuary’ in the December issue in an art article about ‘Winter Scenes’.

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