I live in the Whitby area, where members of my family have lived for several generations.
I had left school and that Autumn was due to start training in the arts with a view to teaching. I visited the (then) new Coventry Cathedral. Walking into that amazing light, modern space I was confronted by the breathtaking Graeme Sutherland altar piece. On turning back, the wonderful ranks of John Piper's windows astounded and delighted me. It was an ephiphany moment which I will never forget and which confirmed in me my life-long love of both architecture and art.
I love buildings, both great and small (and in various states of dilapidation!) and the ever-changing moods of our unique coastal scenery. North Yorkshire's characterful villages and hamlets, nestling in beautiful wild countryside are enhanced by the pure air which intensifies colour, creates amazing sunrises over sea and moorland.
The constant challenge and (when it works) the joy of painting is to try and distil these ephemeral scenes into a completed picture and preserve that spirit of place and time in a fast-changing world.
After training in the Arts I taught, then gained other qualifications and worked in the museums and arts sector, running a 17th century historic house educational museum. For more than 15 years I was an associate and then principal of our historic buildings consultancy. I painted and exhibited when I could, but finally, longing to return to my roots, I gave up the 'day job' and came 'home' to paint full time.
I gain my inital ideas working outside, filling books and bits of paper with sketches in pencil, paint or pen, returning to my workshop to develop them into finished paintings.
EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES
I'm fortunate to have sold work overseas and online as well as in several very successful exhibitions at the North York Moors National Park's 'Inspired By,,, galleries. I exhibited for several years at The Coast Gallery, Cloughton near Scarborough, now closed, and have work in the Ellerby Hotel, Ellerby near Whitby, but have also been involved in exhibitions at The Zillah Bell Gallery Thirsk and Nunnington Hall for the National Trust. (Please see the 'Blog' page for recent and forthcoming exhibitions)
I'm a member of Whitby Art Society and the Eskvale Painting Group with whom I also exhibit annually. For several years I exhibited in ArtsBank Saltburn (now, sadly, closed) as well as in Artisanne (Darlington) and the Joe Cornish Gallery (Northallerton).
My work can sometimes be seen in 'The Picture Place', Wykeham, Scarborough (they do superb framing as well!)
Medums: Oil, Watercolour, acrylic, Pencil and Pen and wash,
You can also buy cards of some of my work.
If you would like to see more paintings, please use the Contact details to arrange a visit to my workshop. The coffee pot is always on!