My work is mainly concerned with the exploration of the landscape, particularly of estuaries and industrial sites, and more recently of the Burgundian landscape. I am interested in the layering of experiences seen and felt. Mood, atmosphere, weather and a sense of place all affect the way in which I approach a painting.
I have a different sketchbook for different subject matters. Mostly I create washes over the paper so that I am not faced with a white sheet and it gives me something to work against.
Drawing is done to note weather, texture and mood and I take photographs as an aid to construction. Back in the studio, I like to create a surface of washes, marks and textures before I begin to construct a painting using hog hair brushes, palette knives and sandpaper.
Born Sunderland, Co. Durham
Lives in Yorkshire and London
1960 – 1964 York School of Art
1964 – 1967 Royal Academy Schools
David Murray Landscape Scholarship
Royal Academy Silver Medal for Drawing
Royal Academy Silver Medal for Painting
The Escoda Barcelona Award for an Outstanding Landscape
1967 – 1979 Regularly shown work in Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions
1981 Bath Festival of Contemporary Art
1982 – 1999 Appointed Lecturer in Printmaking, Putney School of Art
2002 Northumbria University Gallery, small picture show
2003 Solo show Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
2005 RASA group show, York University
2008 RAC Club watercolour show, London
2009 North and South Light group show, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
2011 Artist in Residence, Ritz Cinema Thirsk
2011 Solo show, Putting on the Ritz
2016 Eton College Exhibition