Wild landscapes, coasts, ports and harbours, particularly in the dramatic South West, are my inspiration. Working outside, I respond to the constantly changing light conditions using a fast, reactive style. I use mixed media, pastels and acrylics mainly, to obtain an instant rapport with the changing scene.


As a student at Cardiff College of Art and Goldsmiths in the 70s, I concentrated on abstract painting, but gravitated back to my first love, drawing, and then on to life drawing, portraits and landscapes.


I have often been told my life drawings are like landscapes and this is how I see them too. I respond to characterful faces and go through the same painting process as for landscapes, albeit with different (interior!) lighting.

Paintings and Drawings in acrylic, oil, charcoal and mixed media

Studied Art



Skills and Specialisms



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