I`m a UK based artist living and working in the Wye Valley near the market town of Monmouth.
My inspiration comes from being out in this beautiful countryside and experiencing nature first hand. I love wandering through woodland, especially at dawn, attempting to capture the spectacular light that the morning sun so often produces.
My work is greatly influenced by the three and a half years I spent at a Buddhist monastery, living and meditating for long periods of time in a kuti (hut) in the forest.
My landscape paintings stem from this time and are predominantly about how I see the present moment and how alive the experience can be when I am totally present with it, before my mind takes over and starts flooding the moment with thoughts.They are also a representation of my understanding of how all things in this world are inextricably connected.
My animal and wildlife paintings are quite often a tongue in cheek combination of my love of patterns and familiar subjects I regularly encounter on my wanderings.
I generally start my landscapes with a large brush, working from dark to light and cutting in negative shapes, building up multiple layers of paint in flat blocks of colour to create the light and atmosphere I`m looking for before adding the outline with a very fine brush. The colour for each outline is mixed individually, so the whole process from start to finish can take up to 3 months.
Most of my work is oil on canvas, although I have been known to dabble in acrylics now and again. They can be seen at The Art Gallery Tetbury, The Oriel Cric Gallery Crickhowell and The New Leaf Gallery Monmouth.