Watercolour is my obsession, 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 a couple of the older paintings are in other media (ink, charcoal, pastel).
In the past, I'd always fitted painting around working full time - firstly in research after PhD and then business, for decades. Then two years ago, I decided to devote my time entirely to what I love doing.
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.
Sources of inspiration are many locations in the UK, including Staithes and Whitby in North Yorkshire, where the winter storms and wild seas are amazing.
Although I paint from imagination for a lot for 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 region.
I enjoy doing demos, workshops and commissions, from time to time.