Mixed media, painting
I found my passion for landscape painting 6 years ago in Washington DC where I painted and exhibited with artists from the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. Since returning to London I have continued to develop my work at the London School of Fine Art to include portrait and figure in charcoal, pastel and oil.
Recently I have begun to focus on finding a rhythm and harmony between realism and abstract composition. In addition to painting in ‘plein air’ and completing a composition in 3 to 6 hours, memory has played an important part in creating free and vigorous brush strokes, attention to values and colour and selecting the best composition for the advantage of highlighting a focal point. The initial preparation involves sketching in a location with charcoal and water based mediums. The composition is later completed in the studio.
Artists that ‘draw me in’ with their mastery inform my work such as Richard Diebenkorn ( mark making and spatial awareness), Turner and Constable( skies), Edward Seago ( values and colour), Singer Sargent ( skin tones and composition).
The studio is on the ground floor.