I spend my days looking up; my most over-used phrase is "look at the sky!" - which annoys my children no end. But I never fail to take a sharp intake of breath when faced with the changing light, colour and scale of what is above us all. I live in Cheltenham and so am fortunate to be surrounded by hills that provide a fabulous perspective that I enjoy when walking with my beagle, Olive, but I'm equally bowled over by a dramatic sky over Sainsbury's carpark. I'm forever taking photographs that never quite capture the immensity of what I'm seeing, but help to cement the feelings provoked.
I paint on large canvases and prefer to work portrait in order to try and recapture the sense of scale and perspective of the towering, vast sky and low-lying landscape. I love working with acrylics as I like to paint quickly and build up thin layers. I use high-pigment, fluid acrylics along with a water spray and huge brushes which helps me to wash the canvas with colour and blend in a way that makes some question if I use oils rather than acrylic. I sometimes finish a painting with smudges of soft, high-pigment oil bars in order to deepen and define areas of colour or light.
While I went to art college years ago and studied drawing and photography, I've only been painting professionally for the last few years and I can see and feel my practice evolving and changing on an almost daily basis. It'll be fascinating to see which paths my work follow in the years to come.
12 Montpellier Arcade