Originally from the UK, (born in London) I have been living in Hendaye since 1992 (a coastal town in the French Basque Country). My recent work is based on the natural landscape surrounding where I live.
Although I have a degree in Graphic Design, with a specialisation in illustration, I have always preferred to pursue my own work, painting & drawing, as a means of self-expression.
I have drawn & painted ever since I can remember, but several years ago I became aware that this had gradually become an intermittent practice. This meant that whenever I did practise, I felt I never got past a certain point which was frustrating. I decided to apply myself more seriously from early 2008. Art has returned to being a more integral part of my life which I realise is really important to me.
I’ve got a much clearer sense of what I want from my painting these days, yet at the same time I like to feel that there is a continual exploration going on. So there is always the element of a certain surprise too. I am especially interested in how & what it is in the structure of a composition that triggers our emotions .
Although my paintings are obviously figurative, when you look at them closely you can see that the forms often break down into smaller, interlinking flat areas which are quite abstract .
I also teach art at a school in San Sebastian (Spanish Basque Country). The practice of art & the teaching of it are obviously interrelated and affect each other. My practice is a process which provides me with a continual source of ideas, many of which also feed back into my teaching & vice versa. The artwork of children has a simplicity that reveals clearly whether there is good composition or not.
I think I am very privileged to live in an area with so much beautiful landscape, which is a continual source of inspiration for me. I hope to share my appreciation of where I live by drawing attention to its intrinsic value & beauty. Landscape in contemporary art needs to be given a more prominant place, rather than being considered something of the past, no longer worth exploring. Climate issues, destruction of natural habitats & so on should make it obvious that urban themes are not somehow superior themes to explore. It’s a question of how, rather than what, to explore.
I am always curious about people’s reactions /interpretations. So please feel free to leave comments.
I would like to hear especially, though not at all exclusively, from other artists who are exploring similar themes and/or approaches.
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