Art School education – Farnham and Central School, London MA – Portsmouth University – Design for Digital Media Textile Design – for Bill Gibb and Courtauld etc. Painting – 3 exhibitions – 19C architecture and gardens - at Motcombe Street Gallery, Knightsbridge, Christopher Wood Flower Painting etc. Stephanie Hoppen, Walton Street, (See Bridgeman Library archives for both of the above) Book illustration – over 40 books for Kyle Cathie, Duchess of Devonshire, the Archers. Published 2 books, Peverse Persons ABC and ABC of Gardening. Investigation and planning of television series, 3D animation, Jane Austen Short stories. Move to the Jurassic Coast
My Current Practice
I’ve had a diverse career so far but the move to the Jurassic Coast has highlighted my passion for rock formations and what happens between the land and the sea. We walk the verdant countryside hardly suspecting the geology beneath us but all is revealed in the cliffs – both natural forces and man have had an effect - and life either clings on or finds a congenial setting in the form of glasses and other plants.
The Jurassic coast is a wonderful example of 95 miles of varied formations covering 185 million years of varied climatic and tectonic conditions. I am also investigating the North Devon coast. The shapes and colours are of wonderful but I am interested as well in what is going on in the various sites….and how forms of the rocks is explained by all these.
So I now concentrate on painting the cliff line with occasional diversions off to the mathematics of Palm Trees – contrasted with the qualities of paint – and rock formations in Utah and Arizona, and the Dorset countryside landscapes.
Digital art remains a big interest – there is so much you can do with this medium…….
I use watercolour and gouache as I find the textures I can achieve with them the most satisfying – either transparent or opaque - and wonderful Kahdi cotton rag paper – working with water has all sorts of advantages.
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New Work Exhibitions
Foundation Gallery – Durlston Country Park 2016Finalist RWS Contemporary Watercolour - London 2016 Artist in Residence FineBridport Arts Centre – invited - 2015Landers Quarry - Langton Matravers - Dorset 2014
I have always been fascinated by rocks, their formations in particular, as I have learned more about Geology. I am continually looking for other information as well as the obvious pictorial. It's the rocks, and their shapes, that interests me, together with the colours and the history, expressing the seemingly permanant coupled with erosion. I’m hugely interested in the natural world but realise the strength of photography in some cases; I hope to be explaining other factors, probably by exclusion and simplification, but there is also the image making factor in all this, the painting and if it works....
My move to the World Heritage Site, The Jurassic Coast, was a revelation to me. Now I add another revelation in the rocks South Western USA. I hope you enjoy the images and please contact me if you have any enquiries regarding my work.