I am a painter of rural and urban landscapes. My style is a mixture of traditional and experimental techniques in a variety of mediums, including acrylic and watercolour.
Born in West Yorkshire, I grew up surrounded by the rugged moorlands and deep dales of the South Pennines, the landscape of the Brontës and Ted Hughes. Subconsciously, my eye has been coloured ever since by its legacy of grit- stone buildings and stark beauty.
My influences are diverse and include a love of Gainsborough’s pastoral scenes, John Martin’s Biblical epics and Ashley Jackson’s atmospheric skies, fused with an enthusiasm for film, all of which filter through to my brush work.
Trained as a scenic designer, I often think of my subject as though it were a stage set, enhancing the drama and looking for a story to tell. I rarely paint a location exactly as I find it, preferring to alter weather, lighting or viewpoint to that which I believe best enhances its character and reflects my response to it. I’m also fascinated by the passage of time and my paintings often depict ancient landscapes which humans have interacted with and built on, but are slowly being reclaimed by nature.