End of the Day, Venice - oil on board
Santa Maria - acrylic & oil
To Catch a Fish - oil on board
I studied design at Leicester Polytechnic working as a knitwear designer for many years. My biggest influence to my paintings was my father who was a fantastic impressionist painter. For many years I tagged along to my father’s art classes at the early age of eleven learning many skills from him.
I paint a lot from memory every day places, people, the feel, atmosphere, colour, light and people going on with their everyday lives. The mediums I use consist of mostly acrylic and pastel but I do like to experiment with different types of media and mediums. I tend to start a painting by layering different colours by bleeding and blending them and also rubbing them with fingers and cloth, only whilst having a memory or picture in mind. I don’t often do much sketching or planning out before I start to paint, sometimes I work from my photography which I incorporate into my paintings.
Recently I have tried something a bit different by painting on old wood panels I find the grain and knots in the wood often defines the way a picture goes ,also how the paint catches the grain making marks into the indentations along its travels. Then I will finish off by sanding and waxing, sometimes with different tones and strengths of wax.
Early Morning Light, Venice
Window Shoppers, Leicester
Late Night Shoppers, Leicester
Sun Setting, Venice
Wet Evening, Paris