After a brief period at art school, I trained as an antique restorer, only to return to painting in my thirties. I spent a while working as a graphic artist before branching out into abstract landscape. My initial work was around the South Downs, an area that I had walked since my childhood. I soon found that memory was a better way to evoke a scene, rather than either photography or sketching and it was only a matter of time before all lines disappeared from my work.
In 2010 I had a climbing accident that left me in a wheelchair. It has taken thirteen years to recover from that fall but I have used that time to devote myself to my painting and, by using a technique I had learnt as a restorer, I created a ‘crazed’ surface on my canvases.
All my work is about my passion for colour and this effect, with its hills and valleys, lets me run fine lines of a complimentary colour through the picture. As a result, no colour is solid and the paintings react to the slightest change in light. Combining gilding into my work (which I had also learnt as a restorer) was a natural result of wanting the paintings to move as you walked around them.
At my last one man show, the adjective most used about my work was ‘holographic’.