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Chepstow Castle

Skirrid from Sugar Loaf

Barn Owl Over Tintern

Penyard Wood

Waun Fach, Black Mountains

Gospel Pass, Black Mountains

Pen y Fan

Pen y Fan

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Telephone: 
07421 799577
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

My background is in art and design. I have a degree in Fine Art and a B.Phil. in Landscape Design. I worked as a landscape architect for 10 years before my career as a furniture maker in 1987. Inspired by Macintosh and Shaker furniture and Bauhaus.
I studied gilding and leaded glass and incorporated this in my furniture. I retired from furniture making in 2006.
I have always painted, even from the early age of 5, oils, acrylics but mainly watercolours; landscapes and botanical art. I am a member of the Gloucestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators (GSBI). I enjoy experimenting with different media and techniques based around watercolour. I teach watercolour and outdoor sketching to private classes.
I have been a full-time landscape photographer and watercolour artist since 2006.
My interest in photography really took-off when I got a digital camera in 2002. My approach to photography is more from a painters view than straight record shots. I use Photoshop to produce images of how I perceived the view, usually this involves balancing the colours and highlights.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Artist and Photographer

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

Landscape photography of the local area, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley and Herefordshire. Mostly colour but also black and white.
This is the area of Britain that I love most. I walk extensively and love to capture the light and landscape that inspire me. Often, I start my walk-in darkness in order to be in the right place for sunrise or that special pre-dawn light.
I take great care to develop the images to represent the feel of the landscape rather than a plain record shot. My B+W images are often developed in many layers, each area receiving individual attention.
Paintings; I have painted all my life; I had a long break when I had a family and a bespoke furniture business. I came back to painting in 2007 with botanical illustration. Since 2014 my landscape painting has taken more of my time. I enjoy various experimental techniques and textures with watercolours, inks and mixed media, I paint scenes from memory rather than photographs as this conjures more of an impression of how I felt.
Teaching; I have been teaching 2 watercolour classes each week since 2015. Having never taught before I was very unsure about agreeing to teach, but now it is a very important part of my work. I try to cover as many diverse aspects of watercolour as possible, various techniques and subject matter.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Court Cupboard Craft Gallery, Abergavenny since 2012
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery 'Round the Year from Stonewall Hill' August 2021
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, '6 Artists 6 Hills'. July 2022

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Court Cupboard Gallery, Abergavenny

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