I visited the far south west of Cornwall regularly for 30 years before moving down full-time from Somerset in 2010. After an art A level at school I turned instead to journalism and worked as a reporter on local papers up and down the country, and in Australia. The move to Cornwall re-kindled my interest in art, and I was soon out walking the cliffs, sketching and photographing, and painting landscapes for the first time in my life.
My home in Rinsey is near the coast between Penzance and Helston, and has easy access to some stunning stretches of coast path. It is also close to the fishing village of Porthleven, which features regularly in my paintings. I enjoy capturing the dramatic effect of light on the sea, and the changing moods of the coastline through the seasons.
I have also become a keen still life painter, which helps keep me busy in my garden studio during the worst of the Cornish winter weather.
I have been a member of Coverack Art Club for several years and am currently club chairman. This takes me out to The Lizard and a whole new set of painting locations.
I also love painting on the Isles of Scilly, and go out several times a year to revisit favourite locations, and find new ones.
I have had joint exhibitions in Porthleven, attended a number of courses at the Newlyn School of Art, and exhibit with the newly formed Ashton Arts Group.
Most of my work is in acrylics, but I also use pastels, watercolour and charcoal.