Painting, mainly landscapes and abstracts. I also do sculpture.
I have long lived in North Wales and amongst its’ natural beauty, this has inspired me to try and capture that beauty in the landscapes that I paint. However instead of always presenting a factual reality of the landscape, I sometimes try to depict and manipulate a sense of the atmosphere and effects the scene has on me. My work tries to establish a link with the landscape’s reality sometimes I use a minimal amount of detail but with the use of a bold, bright, colourful palette.
With the use of these colour harmonies I hope to engage the audience with a sense of a visual connection between myself and what I see in nature. The manipulation of the landscape with its effects and limits is the basis of my assumption of what the landscape means to me. It is a subject that can’t help but have a great influence on me by its colours, moods and weather, which are constantly changing. With the occasional distortion of form and illusion which sometimes is in the paintings, there is a tense ambiguous relationship to nature. In some works the imagery has been distorted and stripped of any narrative detail.
I have exhibited at venues across North Wales including the North Wales Open in 2010, 2011 and 2014 and early in 2014 I had a solo exhibition in Wrexham. I have recently completed a successful residency at Oswestry Library where I also exhibited some works and have agreed to continue this on a yearly basis.
My sculptures are imagined pieces constructed of figures made from various materials set against a background of reclaimed computer parts. Each sculpture is unique and has it’s own theme, for example The Administrator is representative of times gone. The gold colour used in this represent the importance of the main profiteer whilst the white colour is reserved for those who are mere workers. The items used bring in an element of the future to contrast with the older working methods.