Based in United Kingdom
I am an artist, living in SW England, who loves to paint bright bold colourful paintings. My main focus is TREES and WILDFLOWER MEADOWS. I specialize in contemporary tree paintings, done in a range of styles. Some are very realistic and detailed, some impressionist dots, some focus on patterns and negative spaces between branches, some are restricted colour schemes and some can only be described as an explosion of colour. I love painting trees, and am continually exploring new ways to create art work based on them. I love painting contemporary floral art, and was a full member of the Society of Floral Painters, until the society closed. My main focus is wildflower meadows. 97% of native wildflower meadows have been destroyed by modern farming methods. They are essential for pollinating insects and bees. By painting them I want to let people know how beautiful they are. The flowers all tangled up in the grass are so pretty! They are great fun to paint too, building the scene up in many layers. I also paint some landscapes and a few wildlife paintings.Plus a wide range of varied, detailed textured abstracts ! There is a huge contrast between my trees, floral. wildlife and landscape work to my textured abstracts. However it is the difference that I enjoy so much!! Producing work in a different way keeps my art interesting and alive. I never get bored with my work. I can produce paintings that match my mood for the day I am working on them. Sometimes I feel like doing tiny careful accurate detail. Sometimes I feel like doing non representational abstracts where I can simply enjoy the colours ,paint qualities, textures and patterns for their own sake. Whatever the subject matter, my work is characterized by lots of detail and bright colours. I love pattern and negative shapes. I also love textures. I usually work in an impressionistic style with many layers of paint built up in dots and dabs, until I get the required look I am after. It takes a lot of time to create my paintings due to the levels of detail involved. I usually have about ten paintings on the go at any time, and just do bits of each until they are completed. Sometimes I have a favourite for a while which gets all my attention though!! I work in acrylic. Sometimes on canvas and sometimes as framed paintings. I also sell my work as mounted ( unframed) originals which makes them easier to post, and allows the buyer to choose a suitable frame. I have spent my entire career with Art. I was an Art teacher ( 11 to 18 year olds ) for many ( very many!) years. I also taught Photography, Ceramics and Art Textiles. I describe myself as a very creative and practical person. I am at my happiest when I am doing something artistic. I left teaching to become a full time professional Artist. This was always my plan to do this, when the time was right. I have a studio at the side of my house overlooking fields and distant hills It is a lovely place to work. I have many artistic influences from the Impressionists to Aboriginal art. I use my own photographs as inspiration. I love to travel, and look for ideas for my paintings wherever I go. I exhibit in galleries, art fairs and exhibitions, mainly in the south and south west of England.
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