“I’ve always been drawn to the sea and living in close proximity to it provides me with a plentiful source of inspiration that’s easily absorbed. The colours and constantly changing landscape have always been a part of my work. I grew up in a little terraced house in the Rhondda Valleys where my love for art and history flourished.
After Art College and a degree in Egyptology, I completed a Masters in Archaeology and continued to work as a field archaeologist and archaeological illustrator before my love of a ‘freer’ style of painting led me to become a full time artist based on the edge of the Gower Peninsula.
I love working with large, vibrant,
coastal inspired pieces and I always try to generate memories, stories and feelings with each. Capturing the smell of fish and chips at the seaside, the salty seaweed and the sound of Herring Gulls overhead is really important to me. I like to think of my work as a
dream-like interpretation of some of the most influential places I have come across (whether real or fictional). By exaggerating natural colours and shapes I look to recreate the ‘feeling’ of the place I’m painting; I pull it apart, work with new shapes and lines and really get involved in the subject. It’s like putting the best bits of a memory together on canvas!
‘Real life’ has no place in my work, and it’s this approach that allows me to add to the paintings as I see fit,
throwing in details of particular significance. You’ll often find buoys, boats, smoking chimneys and rows of brightly coloured miners houses reoccurring in many of my pieces”.
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