“In 2021 we went on a bit of a UK art tour, travelling to some of the countries best landscapes, doing art out in the wild as we went. The first stop on this tour were the North Pennines. One of the things that captured me was the number of ruined dwellings that we came across as we walked through the countryside. This one was about a 10 minute walk up the hill behind where we stayed in Nenthead. It had such atmosphere, talking to the changing shape of the country we live in. This would have been an old farmers or miners home, that fell into ruin when the economic realities of the region changed. Working outside brings a very different feel to my art, the mark making is done much quicker, focusing on the atmosphere of a scene, rather than it’s detail.
I draw with Bic biros on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface I lighten the canvas with a white oil paint wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white oil paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The Bic ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can smudge it, and a sepia tinge can be achieved by layering white oil paint over it. The paint interacts with the ink as it dries, changing the colour.”
I make all my own frames for my original artworks, I use mouldings, paints and varnishes of the finest specification. The colours are individually selected to match each piece of art, ensuring the best finish possible.
At present, I can only ship to the UK via the website. I can ship to other destinations, but I’ll need you to get in touch, using the contact me form, for a quote if buying from outside the UK.
All the art I sell is packaged extremely carefully, to keep your painting safe for it’s journey, no matter how far. I have years of experience packaging original artworks for transport to all parts of the world, so you can have faith your unique piece of art will arrive safe and sound. This can take some time, especially with original paintings, however, I aim to ship all art within 2 working days.