My work is synonymous with the Dark Peak district and the coastline around the village of Zennor and interpreted in textured paintings, in all seasons and weather.
Painting in the landscape is very important to my creative process, where I work in watercolour and acrylic paint on paper and canvas.
I have developed a very physical technique when painting in oils in the studio, splattering, dripping, scraping and eventually building up dense layers of paint and sand. The surface of the work is all important adding material from the landscape to the work including grit sands and dried vegetation, including sand, heather, bracken and grasses. I cut and drag the media around the canvas, using palette knives, forks, spoons etc. These processes combine to reinforce the lack of permanence in the nature of landscape. For me, the properties of a landscape can best be discovered when I have revisited a location numerous times. I live within walking distance of the Peak District and stay near Zennor, in Cornwall for several months of the year. In painting familiar subject matter, the inessential falls away leaving only the essential.
The Burbage Moor Series
Burbage Moor is an exposed area of open moorland in the Dark Peak District. It is near to where I was born and I now live in Sheffield. Over the years I have returned to this landscape numerous times, in all seasons and weather conditions. The approaching weather from the West has inspired me since I played on the moors as a child. The sense of open space and distance has been an aspect of the this landscape that I have tried to interpret since I held a paint brush.
The Zennor Coastline Series
I have been inspired by a relatively short length of Cornish coastline from Zennor Head to St Ives. I have been painting this area for several years in all the seasons. I am particularly energized by the storms that hit this exposed coastline and the quickly changing light the weather conditions bring. The colour of the sea of the area I find very inspirational from its deep indigo blues and turquoise greens to the sparkling whites in the surf. The dark tones with flashes of bight yellows and oranges, of the igneous rocks, act as a sharp contrast to the vibrant colours of the ever moving sea and I watch and paint this shoreline for hours on end.
1st Prize the "Bernard Shaw Prize for Painting"
Prize Winner "Young Contemporaries" Icon Gallery Birmingham
"Stowells Trophy" Selected Exhibitor Royal College of Art.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2003 Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2004 Manchester's Art House, Manchester
2005 The Derwent Gallery, Grindleford, Derbyshire
2006 Manchester's Art House, Manchester
2007 Gallerytop, Rowsley.
2008 Tregonning Gallery, Derby
2009 Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire
2010 The Derwent Gallery, Grindleford
2011 Tregonning Gallery, Friars Gate, Derby
2012 Gallerytop Rowsley, Derbyshire
2013 The Derwent Gallery Grindleford
2014 Gallerytop Rowsley Derbyshire
Regular Exhibitor at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Contemporary 1999 - 2015