With the prospect of a career in graphic design not appealing to me, it was several years before I returned to painting, but inspired by the glorious landscapes that I had seen while following Wainwright’s legendary cross England walk, I was able to pick up the paintbrush again with a renewed vigor, determined to capture the powerful beauty of the British landscape, whether it be in watercolour, pastel, acrylic or collage. Travelling around the country I have attempted to capture the play of light and shade in my work, to portray those glimpses of sea and sky, fen or fell.
I have exhibited at many galleries and venues, including Bankside Gallery on London’s south bank, The Place in Letchworth, Cambridge Open Studios and the Whittlesford Gallery. In Cambridge I have exhibited at Churchill College, the Addenbrookes Art Walk and Papworth Everard Hospital. For four successive years I was invited to the professional artists exhibition at Hills Road Sixth Form College.
A member of Haddenham Art Group and the Ely Society, I have also studied old masters and modern creative methods through the Open College Of The Arts, with Rose Rands as my tutor.
In the past two years I have been experimenting with sponges and rollers to reproduce the textures in the landscape. At present I am working on a large view of the commemorative race to mark the 60th anniversary of the only Oxford and Cambridge boat race not rowed on the Thames (pictured in progress above). The race took place in Ely and was re-run on February 28, 2004.
Visiting my daughter in Portugal has extended my interest in seascapes of England to the startling colours and patterns of the Algarve.