My art explores our relationship with landscape and our place in nature. I work in the British romantic tradition following the path of Samuel Palmer and the neo-romantic artists Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, John Craxton, John Minton, Keith Vaughan, & Eric Ravilious.
I have a studio at Arthub next to the Thames Barrier: visitors are welcome by appointment.
I studied Visual Art at the University of Wales Aberystwyth 1988-91 specialising in photography and painting and writing my dissertation on John Craxton. My interest in Neo-romanticism continued after I left college and my style developed over the years moving away from my earlier surrealist images.
When I was sixteen I had a profound experience: a dragonfly hovered in front of my face and 'unzipped' the landscape before me to reveal a vision of the world glowing with energy and life. It was a fleeting glimpse of everything being connected. It filled me with a sense of purpose. Through my art I hope to reveal the mystery and spirit that was revealed in those seconds.
The image of the green man began to appear in my work shortly after this experience – composed details of nature making a human face – this image still appears regularly in my work and describes visually our interconnectedness with nature. My work develops ideas about the relationship of man with the natural world, either with the figure as an integral part of the landscape or being composed of landscape elements.
I identify closely with British neo-romantic artists as they found that connection in the rural idyll and refined their expression of the spirit of place. Where the Neo-Romantics were escaping from the horrors of war (or Samuel Palmer the industrial revolution), my pictures are a refuge from the frantic modern world where media and technology conspire against quietude and contemplation. While I am not against these advances, I am aware of the danger of losing touch with our environment. I believe the pastoral idyll can continue to co-exist with our advances in technology.
When I lived in the rolling hills of the mid-Wales/Shropshire borders for 2 years before my move back to London, I found the vision of Samuel Palmer alive in the British countryside - the moon rises above sheep fields and the lush vegetation twines darkly in old drovers' lanes. My “Man on a laptop” images in the landscapes section are the expression of this coexistence of the new world with the pastoral and ancient.