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I grew up in Hertfordshire and my only ambition was to be an artist. Circumstances dictated otherwise and I became a scientist, working all over the world. Despite this I always made time to paint and gradually the artist in me demanded more time and energy. I eventually settled in North Norfolk and managed to divide my time between my two worlds. Since having a studio built in 2002 I have been selling my paintings through exhibitions and galleries, hosting open studios, carrying out commissions and occasionally demonstrating and teaching. I also paint scenery for pantomimes. I gave up my scientific career in 2018 to focus on my painting.

 

I love  working with paint - it holds so many possibilities in the way it can be manipulated and the effects that can be achieved. I work with many mediums and like to experiment with different materials to get a particular effect. I find inspiration in the natural world but like to explore the hidden dimensions we can’t see with the naked eye. Sometimes a fully formed image will enter my mind, often in dreams. At other times a glimmer of an idea will evolve on the canvas and may continue evolving throughout a series of paintings.

 

For several years I concentrated on trying to evoke the feeling of freedom and  being drawn towards the light. This period resulted  in my Bird-Escape paintings - flocks of birds flying towards a central light source and also a series of Barn Owls, inspired by the barn owl that used to hover outside my window.

 

When my focus changed I began creating oil paintings themed around the universe until a painful life experience resulted in artists block. As I still needed to paint but couldn't touch my oil paints I played with a variety of materials until something made sense to me. This period resulted in a spontaneous technique using free-flowing acrylic paint which gives an embroidered effect on the canvas. These have evolved into a series of images collectively entitled 'Quantum Entanglement'.  They are infused with metallic pigment to respond to changes in the light - so need to be viewed in situ to be fully appreciated. They are all presented in a circle as this symbolises eternity, the circle of life, completeness - perhaps incorporating spirituality with scientific understanding. I also use a similar technique adding oil glazes to create etheric landscapes and light infused trees.

 

Now my artists block is gone I often return to my oil paints and a more traditional way of painting, usually trying to capture a spiritual focus.

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I am represented by the RED DOT Gallery, Fish Hill, Holt Norfolk.

 

 

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