Longlisted for The Contemporary British painting prize 2022
I studied painting at Bournemouth College of Art. On completion of my course I was awarded a Travelling Scholarship and went to live in Sweden where I was able to develop and exhibit my work. I worked in different aspects of art education for 40 years and have exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. My work is in private collections in the UK and Europe.
The paintings here are from a recent body of work. They are abstract but they have their origins in things seen, experienced and remembered. I made them because I felt I had done enough of what I knew I could do: paintings of the coastal landscape of Dorset where I grew up and which has been my main preoccupation since my time at art school. Having recently turned eighty I felt it was time for a new direction before it was too late!
Usually,when I begin a painting, I have no idea of how it will turn out. Sometimes I think of the way I paint as a bit like clay modelling . . . how a lump of clay is pulled, twisted and shaped until a form emerges seems not unlike the way I start with charcoal lines - charcoal lines erased and remade, areas obliterated, colours poured, rubbed, overlaid, more charcoal lines, more colour, again rubbed, scraped, rollered, brushed . . . until forms and shapes appear that seem to mean something and which can then be defined. The most recent pieces here are predominantly to do with colour and surface relationships.