I have been visiting and observing Pembrokeshire for the last thirty years mentally recording and, on camera, my surroundings. When preparing for an exhibition I take photos, now on my mobile, for at least twelve months prior to starting to paint and then I select and observe these photos several times a week before even considering painting. For my next exhibition at the VC Gallery in Haverford West, the theme of which, is Urban+Nature, I want to show viewers the nature that surrounds us in our urban environment and which we often take for granted. I think one role an artist has is to make people see what is under their very noses and gets ignored as we go about our everyday humdrum lives.
I have painted in watercolours; my early paintings, when it was convenient to whip out my art block and paints in between changing nappies or cooking a meal. Then I got into oils and have several early paintings which I call my blue period, if that doesn’t sound too pretentious. Then I tried acrylics and now I have returned to oil on canvas, a medium which I enjoy working with. It is a slow process, especially as I tend to lay the paint on thickly with a palette knife. My style embraces abstract realism, nature , landscape, town and country.
I was completely self taught until I moved down to West Wales and joined an art group where, under inspired tuition, I have learned many new techniques. I try to tone down my paintings but am invariably seduced by bright colours and symbolic shapes, perhaps because I lived and worked in Granada, Spain for many years and am influenced by its vibrancy.
Since moving permanently to Pembrokeshire two years ago, I have been involved in Art Out West, a group of Pembrokeshire artists and have exhibited in Art in the Garden at Stackpole Walled Garden as well as holding an open studio. I intend to exhibit there again this August. I look at Nature, town and seascape and try to abstract them in my paintings.