‘My mission is focused on creating an inspiring body of work that captures the beauty of our UK environment while promoting awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of spending time outdoors.’
I've had an incredible journey over the last six years and during that time it's helped me to develop a far more profound understanding of creativity and our connection to the landscapes that surround us.
My shift from city-life, to living in the countryside has revealed some extraordinary insights into both our internal landscape and the environment as a whole. My work is a balance of capturing the essence of a location while developing new brush and textural techniques to create interest, add depth and imbue an ethereal quality to the work.
The ethos behind my work
Living and working off-grid made me realise just how disconnected we have become from the cycles of nature. The quality of the air, the morning chorus of birdsong and a life stripped back to the essentials were all fundamental experiences that helped me to swiftly return to a healthy state of mind and body.
There are plenty of studies available online that show how that spending time in nature has an incredibly broad range of positive and restorative effects, some of which include:
- Restored mental energy
- Stress relief
- Reduced inflammation
- Better vision
- Improved concentration
- Sharper thinking and creativity
- Immune system boost
The problem is simply that many of us don't have, make, or spend enough time in nature to allow us to fully relax, unwind and restore this balance.
How I'm trying to solve this problem?
It's my job to create work that invokes an emotional response. As a landscape artist, I have to create works that uplift and inspire...
- By creating paintings that are true to the location and that reflect the beauty of our environment.
- By developing a series of painting techniques that enhance the depth of the work, encouraging the viewer feel as if they could step into the painting.
- By integrating principles of sacred geometry into the paintings so that they have a greater resonance and attraction.
- By sharing information about the beneficial health effects of spending time in nature.
- By furthering my understanding of the cause and effects of anxiety, stress and depression.
My followers & collectors
As an independent artist, I have the flexibility to tailor my business to suit my needs and the needs of my customers. It affords me the opportunity to evolve naturally with my work and to follow ideas as and when they arrive.
As my collectors buy my work directly from me, it enables a relationship to develop that would otherwise be deprived of me - should a third party be involved.
Over the last six years, I have created over 300 works and have had a steady rise in interest, support, and sales. My new online Giclée print store (launched March 2018) has also proved to be a worthwhile investment, with several orders a month.
But it's what I have planned for the future that is most exciting:
- Frequent Pop Up Exhibitions.
- Larger scale works.
- New works blending realism, figurative and abstract concepts.
- A larger studio that has a gallery space for private views.
How can you support my work?
Paintings or prints of my work are obviously available to buy via my website, or at my exhibitions.
I plan to launch my 'Picture This' service soon, offering my customers the opportunity to rent work that appeals to them. This may sound unusual, but it's a new market that is growing in the UK.
I'm always enthusiastic about taking on commissions, so please get in touch if you'd like a painting that's more personal to you. You name the location and I'll make it a destination.
You can also support my work via the donation (should you wish) at the bottom of the page and all of which goes directly towards the aquisition of new materials.
Thank you for your visit and I hope you enjoy both the website and the work.
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