All of my recent work has drawn direct inspiration from my immediate environment of Seaford and Newhaven in East Sussex with particular emphasis on the shingle beach, the cliffs, landscape and the sea.
One of my most persistent themes has been the beach which I have taken as my immediate inspiration and I have played with the concept, abstracted the forms into simplified shapes and used the subject as a starting point for expressive exploration.
Sometimes the subject is people lying or sitting on the beach which through a series of layers may be subsumed by my painting process which may take months to create and while still retaining the ‘ghost’ of those images may become abstracted to the point of non-recognition.
While some of the paintings are recognisable as particular places such as Seaford Head and the cliffs at Newhaven they are always expressive interpretations through the filter of my personal vision and take liberties with ‘reality’. Often there is a accidental element in the process where the paint is allowed to flow freely, flicked across and down the canvas bringing the element of free expression into the organised process.
The art works sometimes contain elements from the beach itself, such as driftwood and shingle and integrates these within the structure of the painted surface to create a multi-media work of art that works on a number of different levels.
My exhibitions have included ‘Beaches and Ruins at Farley Farm House’ in Chiddingly and ‘Life is a Beach’ at the Hop Gallery in Lewes.
In 2014 one of my beach paintings was selected for the East Sussex Open at the Towner Gallery and I have also been selected for the Threadneedle Prize and the Discerning Eye exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London.