Artist’s Statement and Statement of Technique

My impressionist work

My landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes are created by applying pastels onto a colored ground. The use of a colored ground creates an additional textural and color element to the painting, which helps to unify the overall color of the piece and create a harmonious balance.

Whether a wild and untamed landscape; or a landscape nurtured and created by human intervention; or the towering beauty of a city skyline – these subjects hold for me a different fascination and entirely different challenges in composition and in the interplay of color and light.

My impressionist paintings are borne of my initial reaction to color and shape in the environment; it might be an unexpected, vibrant, splash of color, or a contrast of extremes, or the interplay of warm and cool hues.

Concerned only with capturing the essence rather than the physical reality of the scene, my work is largely impressionistic in inspiration with the occasional foray into “abstract impressionism”!

All pastel paintings must be matted, glazed and framed.

My abstract work

My acrylic abstract paintings are created on either canvas or gessoed board. The pieces on board must be framed. The paintings on canvas can be framed or hung unframed according to personal taste.

My mixed media (pastel, watercolor and acrylic) abstract paintings are created almost exclusively on an archival white card. Each piece evolves intuitively through a process of sketching, pastel under-painting, alcohol washes over soft pastel, watercolor and acrylic overlays, and re-application of pastel in, often, many layers. These mixed media pieces must be matted, glazed and framed.

In most of the mixed media pieces one or more of the following highlights complete the abstract design: gold leaf, black mica, Indian ink, embedded beads, iridescent acrylics, copper, gold or silver gouache.

My abstract paintings are borne of total freedom of expression during the painting process. Each piece is created by the evolving interaction between line, color and texture. This ensures that every piece is entirely original in creation and design.