Watercolour is a bit of an obsession for me, and has been for as long as I can remember. I love its unpredictability, spontaneity, and array of effects that no other medium can produce. Most of my paintings are in watercolour, but some are in other media (ink, charcoal, pastel).
For decades, I fitted painting around working full time - firstly in research after PhD and then business, until five years ago when I decided to devote more time to what I love doing. I now paint or sketch most days.
I aim to push the medium to capture mood and light, from real or imagined landscapes and seascapes. Consideration of composition and design are intrinsic parts of the creative process, long before paint ever touches the paper. Then there's the constant "standing back" to see what you've actually put down on paper. Looking with a critical eye is harder than it sounds!
Being based in the UK, there are many sources of inspiration, including Staithes and Whitby in North Yorkshire, where the winter storms and wild seas are amazing, and here now in North Devon where Exmoor and the coastal scenery is breathtaking.
Although I paint from imagination for a lot of studio paintings, calling on sketchbooks and visual memories, I also enjoy the immediacy and challenges of painting "plein-air", in the UK or warmer climes abroad, often in a good red wine area.
I enjoy doing demos, workshops and commissions, from time to time.