My passion for art started as a child, but as with many of us, the need to earn a living took me elsewhere.
However, my passion for art never diminished and I've always grasped what opportunities came my way to follow this passion.
Another quite unexpected part of the fantastic journey has been my teaching art over the past four years. Not something I anticipated doing, but have enjoyed enormously. Teaching mainly acrylics and mixed media for small groups at my studio, I run weekly classes, organise occasional days out and also run occasional workshops for local art clubs and societies.
I enjoy painting, sketching and drawing "en plein air" as well as in my studio and work in a variety of mediums. Mainly acrylic, mixed media and oils, but also collage, watercolour and ink.
Capturing light, creating a sense of depth and creating textural effects are important elements of my work. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of brushes, knives, cut up bank cards and other implements to achieve these elements.
I work towards an Impressionistic/Expressive Style. My influences include The Impressionists: Monet, Pissaro, Cezanne and Contemporary Artists: John Hammond, Allan Cotton, Kyffin Williams, Edward Seago, Ray Balkwill and Mike Barnard.
I've been on a fantastic journey learning from many different artists over the years, in particular the past ten years have been filled with a diverse mix of short and extended courses/workshops with a fabulous mix of tutors, all of whom have taught me so much. There are too many names to mention them all, but I am especially indebted locally to: George Jones, Glyn Ceiriog, N. Wales; Mick Gilmore, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury; Susan Williams, Denbigh College; Tereska Shepherd and Darren Fraser, Willow Gallery, Oswestry. Nationally: Chris Forsey, Soraya French and Robert Dutton.
l look through the eyes of an artist and often want to capture a moment in time that has provoked an emotional response. Sometimes it will be a certain type of light, shadow or strong tonal contrasts. Other times it maybe particular colours on the Welsh hills or figures on the horizon. Often I'm looking for a composition to inspire me.