A little bit about me...
I am a New Forest Artist, having lived all my life in the area. From a very young age, I have always loved painting. After leaving school, I decided to take up art as my main hobby and it has been my passion ever since. I started using pencil, producing detailed drawings of local buildings and landmarks, having always had an interest in architecture. I mainly use watercolour these days but still love to produce pencil drawings especially using coloured pencil, some subjects really lend themselves to this type of medium.
My style of work is always very detailed and realistic. I love to capture the fabric of a historic building or the workings of a vintage steam engine! Much of my artwork is commission work, whether it is a portrait of a family pet, a painting of your home, or local church or a well loved local scene. I work from photographs, either supplied by the client or taken by myself. I like to be able to offer my art at affordable prices, my philosophy is that Art should be available for all to enjoy. I am happy to discuss any ideas or subjects for a painting - I love a challenge!
The type of subjects that I love to paint can be quite diverse as you can see from my portfolio. Architectural themes such as rural cottages, churches, venetian streets etc. Animal studies such as new forest ponies, pigs and cattle as well as pet portraits. Still life and tree studies, fishing boats and vintage vehicles.
Smaller artwork includes creating scenes of the New Forest on recycled slate and locally sourced wood pieces using acrylics. They are quite unique and make a wonderful gift. My largest pieces of work are the murals or trompe l'oeil paintings. I love the effect of making something three dimensional and very realistic on a flat surface. I also produce quality greeting cards and Christmas cards of New Forest scenes which are very popular and are available to purchase individually, packs of six cards or larger quantities if required.
I am a member of the New Forest Marque, an accreditation scheme to develop and promote local produce and crafts from the New Forest, exhibiting in a number of local events. I also hold exhibitions and open days at my own cottage studio in Minstead.
I hope you find my paintings of interest and enjoy them. If you wish to discuss a commission or where you can view my art, please do not hesitate to contact me.