Intuitive artist and printmaker. I paint colourful, textured oils inspired by wild places and adventure. Now also beautiful etchings, with aquatint portraying the many moods and tones of the Dales and wider land and seascapes.
In 2021 I moved to the Yorkshire Dales and further developed my new interest in artistic printmaking, with a course in etching at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield. I joined WYPW as a member and now regularly use the studios there to create my etchings and lino-cut prints. I joined the Craven Arts group and have continued to paint in oils, with new work created for the joint exhibition at St Michael's in Kirby Malham in May 2022. My painting studio is currently ad hoc use of the Airton Friends Meeting House barn - and outdoors!
I studied art at school and continued to draw and paint pencil and watercolour animals and landscapes and exhibit occasionally, but did not pursue it as a career until after circumnavigating the globe in the 2007-08 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The excitement and colour of offshore racing inspired me to switch to painting in oils from watercolours. In 2012 I started renting studio space in Hebden Bridge, painting and exhibiting regularly. I now sell paintings to collectors all over the UK and as far afield as New Zealand.
I try to capture the roller-coaster atmosphere of ocean racing from an unusual, on-board perspective. The raw power and beauty of the sea fascinates me, along with the challenge of capturing light as reflected in all forms of water. My first love was mountains, and I continue to draw inspiration from the many moods of the wild places I travel to, run and walk in. My recent move to the Yorkshire Dales has given me fresh inspiration with the dramatic limestone landscape that's so very different from the South Pennines.