Post-industrial shadow and light. Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, Yorks.
Rural east Suffolk: undramatic, hard working agricultural landscape. I love its forms and colours in all seasons and weathers, expressing this in oils, watercolour and acrylic. My East Anglian work reflects the “grace of the ordinary" (H. Williams). Visits to other landscapes provide a fresh set of ideas. Scotland and Yorkshire featured in my 2017 collections. 'Post-industrial shadow and light' (above) is part of my Yorkshire remembered series.
Pushing the medium towards abstraction, using loosely applied glazes, I find out what the painting will be only as I follow this process over time.
I began painting in 1997 on moving from London to Suffolk. I am not formally trained but for several years worked individually with Julie Noad (oil painter) and in classes run by Wil Harvey (printmaker, watercolourist and oil painter).
As a Botany and Zoology graduate I have some understanding of the importance of coastal salt marshes, reed beds and water meadows many of which are now under threat. Living 5 miles inland along the River Blyth Valley in North Suffolk we are often aware how the Blyth is affected by tidal surges. If not contained within managed water meadows, these events can be very damaging. Nearer the coast, mudflats, reed beds and particularly salt marsh could do their work in dissipating the destructive power of high tides. But the force of tidal surges combined with the effects of climate change threaten the structure of these habitats which are now among the most threatened in the UK. Clive Chatters.in 'Saltmarsh' (2017), writes: "...saltmarshes represent one of Britain's rarest and most threatened major habitat types, far scarcer than lowland peatlands...or sand dunes." I have recently begin to explore three coastal areas in Suffolk, studying this vital habitat.
In terms of what brought me to painting, I have meandered through life, along a not particularly thought-out path, discovering as I progressed, where my interests and skills lay. For nearly 30 years as a psychotherapist and Group Analyst, I accompanied people exploring their internal landscapes. My journey into mark-making has taken much the same form, following and eventually discerning the nature of the work. I've had work in The Mall Galleries and Bankside Gallery in London, and 2016 saw me on Sky Arts' "Landscape Artist of the Year" programme.