Artistic pursuits have featured strongly throughout my life. Some of my happiest days are spent painting or sitting at the piano. There's a freedom to be found when playing the piano, particularly when composing. And it's a similar feeling when working on an abstract painting. With the piano, there are no rules - melody, harmony and discord are all available tools, and, in the same way, there are no constraints when creating an abstract painting.
I often find myself being steered towards an abstract rural landscape, almost certainly inspired by the stunning view from the Norman motte on which my studio stands, with its commanding views over the Monnow valley. But I also sometimes veer towards non-representaional abstract, whereby there are no recognisable features.
It intrigues me that, after selecting a palette of colours, my paintings evolve with very little conscious steering. I paint with cloths, palette knives and sponges, and I love the way that a finished painting emerges from a blank canvas. I sometimes add final detail to my work with a tiny paintbrush.
I'm also happy to have visitors to my studio by appointment, so please drop me a line if you'd like to arrange a time to come.