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I live part of the year in Derbyshire, England on the edge of the beautiful Peak District National Park, and part in Montejaque, a lovely Andalucian mountain village in Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in southern Spain.
I can’t remember a time when I haven’t painted, some of my happiest childhood memories are when my Dad and I headed off with our sketchbooks to discover something new about the natural world. We’d sit, discuss the view, dip into our watercolour boxes and let the colours and textures of nature inspire us, my passion for landscapes was born.
As a teenager I spent 2 years at Mansfield College of Art but regretfully (now) decided not to pursue a career in Art.
Happily, Art has played an important part in my life ever since, though sometimes I needed to fit it in the cracks between raising a family and managing a busy career. I’m retired now and my daughters are all grown up so I can fully indulge my passion for creating art. Bliss!
I work in mixed media, mainly acrylic paints and inks, adding all kinds of different materials to bring texture and drama to my work. I like to be experimental with techniques, which often brings an element of abstraction to my painting style, which I love.
My inspiration comes from the landscape of the UK, Andalucia and some of the wonderful places I have visited. My paintings are not necessarily exact representations of a particular view but, more about the essence of the landscapes that I see. Most important to me are the memories evoked by a particular location; the light, atmosphere, colours and textures, weather conditions.
Mainly I like to work in my studio, allowing my own personal interpretation of the landscape to flow on to the paper or canvas. Often the spontaneous glide of paint or the serendipitous effect of added textures suggests a feature of the landscape, which I love to develop, and which brings individuality and vibrancy to my work.
El duende is a Spanish term for the spirit of evocation. It comes from inside as a physical/emotional response to art. It’s what gives you chills, what makes you feel as you respond to a performance or work of art. A more loose translation means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity. This is what I seek to incorporate in my paintings.
You can visit my studio, in Elmton, Derbyshire where I have a selection of paintings, prints and cards on display. Pease 'phone before visiting to ensure I will be in the studio (07840 246933)
In the past few years I have held several successful exhibitions in the UK and Spain, and had work accepted in several 'Open Exhibitons' in the UK. Several galleries in Derbyshire & Nottinghmshire display my work, recently invited to be 'Guest Artist' at two galleries in the Peak District.
Delighted to have my work in private collections in the UK , Spain, USA & Canada.