My work is based on places I regularly visit and am fascinated by. For the last few years, this has been Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. I have been particularly interested in the workings of the port, especially the blue boats, the fishermen, and the building and repair of fishing boats. I always work in series of paintings and have produced a number of these such as the market at St Johns, Antigua, Port Vila in Vanuatu, plants in my garden in Sussex and in the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.
I work mostly from the many photographs I take. I use these to construct a complex composition and spend a long time accurately drawing this. I use gouache exclusively in my work as it is especially suitable for the slow build-up of details and for expressing sharpness and clarity of light. I am always concerned with the minutae of the subject, the ropes, nets and paraphernalia of fishing.
Winner of the RK Burt Canson and Arches Award 2012 at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition