From childhood drawing has always been a part of me. Interpreting what I see in pencil seemed just natural.
I have had no formal training, having made a career as a scientist. I started painting around twenty years ago, after joining the Exmouth Art Group. I settled quickly into pastels, which have a strong affinity with drawing, then later moved into acrylics, and most recently oils.
I am drawn to a subject by my emotional reaction to it. I like the play of light on water, or wet pavements, the different moods of water under different skies, and the contrast of shadowy figures against the light. I like dawn and evening light, with long shadows and strong highlights. My interiors also tend to have a strong directional element to the light, with a nearby window or doorway illuminating the subject.
I paint mostly land and seascapes, often with an architectural interest. I also paint portraits in pastel, again emphasising the drama of light and shadows to bring out the character.