Living in the midst of the Norfolk countryside and a stone’s throw from the coast is the perfect setting for making art. As you can see from my work I am fascinated by the seashore and by trees and woods and here there is an abundance of both on my doorstep. I have been asked what my pictures convey, what is their meaning? The truth is that I don’t want to tell the viewer anything at all, I simply hope viewing the picture conjures up memories, stories or feelings in them, drawing out rather than me putting in. If someone feels a little surge of happiness when they look at one of my pictures, then I’ve done my job.
My favourite medium is pen, ink and gouache. The pen and black ink provide a structure, a skeleton almost on which the picture is built. I use gouache because its heavy pigment load gives a very flat, but brilliant colour block, perfectly suited to my style. They are reminiscent of the children’s book illustrations or maybe the travel posters of a century ago. Certainly, the images make very effective prints, simple, happy and bright, perfect as a reminder of your visit, or the holiday you look forward to during the darker months.
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