Do you teach?
For me, teaching goes hand in hand with my own artistic practice. I gain as much out of them as do my students, the aim being to create an atmosphere of a shared working practice where artists can discuss their process with the addition of any ideas people can get from my techniques and style. I am available for one to one or group bookings and charge £40 per hour with workshops being catered for absolute beginners to more advanced painters and anywhere in between. Having your own equipment would be a preferable. See my materials list below for an idea of the basics. Please contact me to enquire about making a reservation.
How can I keep up to date with your newest work?
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Do you paint everything on location?
No, but I often complete drawing thumbnail studies on location alongside colour notes to help me gather the basic information needed to develop a series or individual piece. In the past I have painting plein air and often teach classes using this method, and I still begin work outside on occasions.
When I’m painting in the studio I have the time, space and controlled light to create my artworks. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages.
Do you do talks?
Yes. I am available for talks to art societies, clubs and classes. Please email me to arrange a booking.
How many paintings have you done?
Lots! Because I work on many boards at once, it’s hard to say how long each painting takes. This method allows be to jump from one painting to another, retaining an energy and relationship throughout the artworks. I often attempt to make work that links to each other in some way, or is taken from the same place. Therefor they will contain similar colour paltettes and during their developments- they will have a shared history.
Working on numerious boards also allows me to be less fixed on the production of one artwork, so as a result I can be prepared to take risks and produce more exciting work. If one fails, then thats part of the process.
Do you ever destroy your work?
Yes. Again- this is part of the process.
Do you have a favorite artist or artists?
I have been influenced by many artists over recent years. Previously, I was infatuated with the work of Edward Hopper, and how his compositions explored light and shadow so cleverly to create powerful, cinematic scenes that radiated mood and unease. I found them beautiful, but I can see how some find them almost haunting and remote.
Other American artists such as Wayne Thiebaud and Ben Aronson have also influenced my practice as have my previous tutor at art school, June Forster. Richard Diebenkorn, however, was the one who I feel took my work to new levels. His ‘Cityscape’ series amongst many artworks of his, have proven to be enormously significant in my practice and continues to be now.
Recently I have started to explore the work of Raimonds Staprans and Euan Uglow too- and I am always looking for other artists whose work I find inspiring and interesting. Very often this comes from those on Instagram, or even artists who attend my workshop such as New Zealand artist Michelle McIver.
Do you have a favorite painting?
Yes, I have many. My ultimate favorite is Richard Diebenkorn’s ‘Cityscape 1’, 1963. at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I visited the RA about four times when it came to the UK as part of the amazing Diebenkorn show.
Where/how did you learn to paint?
I trained at Aberystwyth Univeristy School of Art in Wales where I specialised in painting and printmaking. This, alongside many hours of colour theory, life drawing and measured drawing helped my development. Continuing to push my ideas and practice after leaving art school was always more challenging, but due to the size of my ‘studio’ (my dads shed)- my work remained quiet small!
What materials do you use?
Winsor Newton Artists Quality Oil colour
Bright/ Cadmium Red
Daler Rowney ‘Brisslewhite/ Georgian’ Filbert sizes 0-10
Sized and Gesso Primed MDF x 4 and sanded.
Catalyst Painting wedge by Princeton- W-O1.
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