Watercolour is a bit of an obsession, and has been for about 45 years. 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 seven years ago when I decided to devote more time to what I love doing. I now paint or sketch most days.
I aim to capture mood and light, from real or imagined landscapes and seascapes after consideration of the composition and design with thumbnail sketches. These days I spend more time looking at the painting from a distance as it develops, than I do actually putting paint on the paper. This was not the case for the first twenty years! Having "fresh eyes" for those few moments when you look at it for the first time that morning, is invaluable.
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.