I was born in Oxford, and trained as an artist in Cheltenham, then London (BA in Illustration at The University of Westminster). I returned to Oxford in the late 1990s, where I’m now involved in various areas of art – my own personal works, plus commissions, and teaching in a senior school. I’m also a pastor in a church which wonderfully includes me producing artwork and workshops as a form of worship and meditation for all.
I have exhibited in Oxford and across the UK, and have hosted open studios as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks. I have recently been involved in an artists’ book project called ‘Beauty from Brokenness,’ which was created out of the pandemic, and raised money for Foodbank UK.
My creative process involves exploring my feelings about the forms and colours of the environments in which I have lived and travelled, and which have amazed me. I want my work to capture something of the spirituality and mystery that I’ve experienced, to bring it home and to share it with the viewer. My pictures often explore the relationship between the land, the sea and the sky, in which each element seems to share its colour and movement with the others.
My oils are often on rough linen, sketchy and extending beyond the face of the canvas. By this, I am hoping to convey the roughness of the land, the transience of scenes that shift with the ever-changing weather and light, and the impossibility of containing the landscape on a simple canvas.