I was brought up in the Vale of Clwyd and now live near Dolgellau on the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park. I gravitate to wild areas where I love the drama of ever-changing light and weather as well as the solitude and peace often found there .
As a photographer and painter I have traditionally found my inspiration in N.W. Scotland, West Wales and the far west of Cornwall .I started painting in my early forties when I embarked on an Arts Foundation course but am also interested in environmental conservation and work in my spare time for the Earth Trust as a fundraiser. I won the Mary Moser prize in 2009 which led directly on to two big solo exhibitions and have subsequently exhibited every year in various galleries and also in my own studio.
The practicalities of working outside are always challenging but I always try to work in situ unless I am painting on a very large scale or if the weather is just too cold, wet, or unpredictable. I enjoy the liberating physicality of using paint on a large scale, painting loosely with big brushes, sponges or with my hands wherever appropriate. The ever- changing light of these wild places forces me to react spontaneously, emotionally and be brave with my work . I work with black and white emulsions , charcoal, acrylics and also in oils . I also like to paint industrial complexes such as oil refineries and power stations and find that the enormity of the concrete structures and the patterns made by interlocking pipes and metalwork very interesting and inspiring. Since moving to Dolgellau recently, I am focusing much more on painting locally and looking for venues and galleries in Wales to show my work. Commissions are very welcome.
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