What I paint/ create
I have been a
professional artist for the past 17 years. I enjoy painting a wide range of
subjects from landscapes and seascapes to still lifes. Having started out painting
in watercolour I now primarily work in pastel, enjoying the purest form of
painting material there is.
Why I paint/ create
Inspired by nature and using the virtually pure pigment of pastel, I love to capture the elusive qualities of light and shade, enjoying the transformation that occurs when something I see in reality or imagination comes to life in a painting.
How I paint/ create
I work on a tinted textured surface, the colour of which I select depending on the particular subject I am painting. I use a variety of pastels but I favour Unison soft pastels, which are hand-rolled in Northumberland.
By applying pastel to my hand and pressing this onto the support in thin layers, the image starts to take shape. I then apply the pastel, either with my fingers or directly, taking care not to overwork the painting and to achieve a fresh and vibrant image.