My recent work has been focused on the changing colours of the sea and childhood memories of holidays to the Mediterranean and annual visits to Torquay (before the M5 was built). These emerald and turquoise waters, have all had an influence on what I wanted to paint recently. Having moved to Devon 15 years ago the coastline and seas around Devon and Cornwall still inspire my work. I have been painting a series of wave paintings for over 5 years now. It is the light coming through the waves and again the colour of the water that I am keen to explore.
Everyone sees colour in a slightly different way to one another, call it colour perception. The way I see colour and the feelings I get when the colours align well on a canvas is appeals to me. The way collectors see my work will be unique to them because of their own individual colour perception.
Studying film and video art at the University of Plymouth has impacted on the way I paint. I like to include a sense of movement in my work and a sense of escapism. I want the viewer to feel they can walk across the sand or dive into a turquoise sea. This second series of paintings looks at the play of light on water. It is a more tranquil and peaceful contrast to the wave series. It examines shallow turquoise and emerald seas. I am intrigued the patterns created when sunlight hits the shallow water creating a dance of light and shadow with blue, turquoise, green and indigo ripples.
My paintings are oil on canvas as I prefer to work with this medium for its adaptability. In my work I aim to incorporate a process of change and development. For instance saturated elements are left to dry on the canvas changing over time. Only after a period of waiting the eventual image can be resolved. I apply glazes to further enrich the surface of the work. It is important to me to revisiting a painting several times until I am completely satisfied with the texture and depth of colour in the finished painting.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth. I have exhibited my paintings throughout Devon and gained an award at the Exeter Short Film festival. My films and photographs have been exhibited on the South Bank, London and in Italy. I have recently been given ambassador artist status for the UNESCO Torbay Geopark.
I admire the wave paintings of Maggi Hambling. Her free use of thick impasto paint and large gestural marks on the canvas has inspired me to free up my mark making too. The photographs of surfers online and the giant waves they tackle also is a source of inspiration and reminds me when I was wiped out by a wave when I was a toddler. Kurt Jackson and Peter Doig are artist I often return to for inspiration and a sense of place.
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Comments from customers…
“We moved to our new house 6 months ago and since then I have been searching online for a seascape to go behind my deep blue velvet sofa. I knew what I wanted but for the longest time I just could not find it. I googled countless websites, online galleries and kept searching till I came across your gallery and saw that piece. Just perfect. Its a beautiful piece with a lot of depth in it.”
A couple that had just moved into their new house recently contacted me. They had a large blank stairwell and wanted something to lift the space. They had seen examples of my work online, and together we discussed colours size and design of a new wave painting that would add colour and drama to their new home
“We’ve moved into a new but rather plain house in Torquay and need a bold painting up the entrance stairs.”
They were very pleased with the end result and sent me a photo of the finished painting hanging on the wall and said
“I’m sure I’ll be back for another.”
A holiday maker visited on of my local exhibitions here in Devon and saw a paintings and liked it, but was unable to take it with her as she lived in Scotland. She later contacted me through my website and bought it online. I shipped it up to her using a next day fragile service and she emailed me when it arrived.
“Thank you for my painting, it arrived safely and thought you might like to know I have hung it in my bedroom so it is the last thing I see when I go to bed and the first thing I see when I wake. I’m thrilled.”
Another customer wanted a surprise for his wife at Christmas. So he bought a painting online through my website and I sent it by courier next day fragile service.
“Many thanks for your help. This would be something very special for wife and I keen to make it happen. It’s perfect. Let’s go with Emerald Sea.”
Artmazing, Powderham Castle 2018
Group exhibition Speculation Gallery, Brixham 2018
Solo exhibition Pavilions Teignmouth 2017
Group exhibition Harbour House, Kingsbridge 2016
Solo exhibition Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2015
Devon Open Studios, Teignmouth 2014
Brownston Gallery, Modbury 2013
Flavel theatre, Dartmouth 2012
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2011
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2010
South Bank 2009 video
University of West of England, Taunton 2008 video installation ‘St.Piran’s Day march, Perranporth
Royal William Yard, Plymouth 2006 video installation ‘The sinking of the Napoli”