I studied at the University of Brighton, gaining a BA Hons in Painting, I live and work in Hastings where I have a studio in the heart of the Old Town.
Recently I have been drawn back to the landscape of my childhood. I have many vivid memories of walking along the beach between Rye Harbour and Winchelsea Beach, collecting shells, wood, and pieces of glass worn smooth by the sea. In stormy weather the ever present moan of the fog horns and the flashing lights of the river mouth filled my memories with an eery nostalgia. I remember the huge lorries trundling along the sea road, shifting the shingle back and forth, a constant battle against nature. It was a bleak and mysterious landscape.
Over the years, imperceptibly things change, become more accessible and organised, yet some of that wild and uninhabited space still persists, it is a great source of inspiration for me.
As a painter I am first and foremost interested in the material; its ability to be transformed by the process of colour mixing. I look to render reality in its most essential form; patches of colour, brilliance of light, detail and abstraction, there is a struggle between a need for both clarity and obscurity; hence work is built up and worn down many times. There is a dialogue between the aesthetic quality and the deeper significance, the poignant reminders of the transient nature of life and passage of time.