Following retirement as a Primary School Headteacher I now spend compelling time seeking subjects for my work that can be turned into paintings in my studio.
I have been passionate about painting all my life continually developing my style of vibrant impressionist landscapes.
Primarily I work with acrylic paint and ink, collage and mixed media. The acrylics are applied with rollers, pieces of shaped wood, card and any found materials. Collage materials comprise of torn or shaped tissue paper, newsprint, and magazine illustrations. I find it easier to cut out realistic boat shapes with a pair of scissors than draw them. Details are also added with oil and chalk pastels, pen and ink. I have published a book illustrating my work entitled “Painting Without Brushes” which sums up my style of painting.
Like many artists my inspiration comes from the subject matter. Experimenting with colour, media and techniques I find very rewarding. By the very nature of how I apply the collage, paint and inks I can never fully predict the outcome. Along the way many accidents happen, interesting colours and unique shapes emerge.
Boats and harbours, landscape, including my native Shropshire, town and cityscapes all provided inspiration for my impressionist style.
I have exhibited, sold and received awards in all the local Shropshire Exhibitions and Galleries, The Royal Society of British Artists (Mall Galleries) and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
My work was featured in an article in the December 2013 issue of the Artist Magazine.