Originally from Cumbria, I now live and work from my home in Stocksfield, Northumberland.
I have painted – given up – painted and stopped – so many times that I have lost count, which has resulted in my creations changing many times over the years.
As a teenager I painted realistic pictures of British birds and since then I have experimented with different styles, paints, papers and brushes.
Once we turned the corner into this century, the 2000 years, I began to create abstract and geometric paintings. Was it something to do with an energy shift the planet was experiencing? It was such a different experience to be working in this way and I had to give up trying to figure out what it was all about. I accepted that work as part of the journey, even though it was a mystery to me.
Process of Creation
People often ask where the ideas for my artwork come from – and I have no real answer.
I could just say – ‘the ideas come from the universe and I create the paintings with acrylic paint, a brush and a palette knife’ – but I have the feeling that the art purists may not accept such a short and simple answer.
So, the answer is – When I commit myself to the process of creation and I step aside and focus on not overthinking or trying to interfere, the universe and creator gently guide me in the direction of a suggested idea. My role is then to interpret these hints onto a sheet of wood pulp, formed into a smooth, flat receptive surface and for me to then introduce a multitude of colours in an acrylic medium, using a brush or a flexible metal knife which has a perfectly sculpted wooden handle, which I caress in my fingers and move across the surface in interconnecting directions while laying down differing layers of colour and texture.