I am an artist and designer living and working in York, UK. I grew up on the edge of Dartmoor and studied art and design in Exeter and York.

My paintings and drawings explore the natural environment and the human form, and are often elemental, instinctive and textural. Inspired by movement, shifting light and changing weather conditions, I aim to capture the character and uniqueness of people and place. I work in acrylic, oils, graphite, charcoal, ink and watercolour.

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My landscape painting process typically begins with plein air studies on paper, and sketches. I often spend many days exploring and studying a place in order to observe its unique qualities of light, colour, texture and atmosphere, at all times of day and in different weather conditions. I like to sit quietly in a landscape and let it talk to me, allowing nature and wildlife to relax in my presence and reveal itself. The works I produce this way are direct, instinctive and emotional responses to the environment and have a loose and immediate quality to them. When back at the easel, I use these studies and sketches to trigger memories and to inspire my larger studio paintings, where I may introduce heavy texture and abstract elements – the end result being an impression of a place or time rather than a direct representation.

Working plein air on Garrowby Hill

Sketching from Ynys Gifftan, North Wales

Sketching from Ynys Gifftan, North Wales

I also love to paint and draw the human form. My figurative paintings and drawings explore the character of the models (clothed or nude) through expressive line and tone. I attend regular life sessions (online and in person) and sometimes invite models to the studio for longer studies. Longer studies and portraits may take place over a number of sittings.

In September 2019, I moved from my studio in Castlegate, York, to ‘Gallery Studio’, Arnup Studios – a newly-opened complex of purpose-built work spaces for artists and makers. It is an exciting time for my art practice.

I am a member of York Artworkers’ Association, SAA, AN, CuratorSpace and the Chartered Society of Designers.

Please contact me if you would like to arrange a visit to the studio.

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I am also a graphic designer and have my own company called Bivouac.

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Header image: Painting plein air on Mayon Cliff, near Sennen Cove, Cornwall.

Gallery Studio, Arnup Studios (my studio)

My studio during York Open Studios 2021

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