“I never visualise a picture before I start. I have an impulse and try to find a form from that impulse. In painting you re experience what the painter experienced, one brushstroke over another.” Frank Auerbach
2013 – PGDE Secondary Art & Design Teaching, Strathclyde University
2012 – BA Hons (Fine Art), The University of Highlands and Islands
2008 – HNC Graphic Design, Grays School of Art
2006 – NC Art & Design, Lewis Castle College
Capturing mood is everything! This body of work explores vast skies and turbulent seas. Weather and water manipulate our landscape, this in turn affects how we view it. Landscape can have a profound impact on our senses. The sea air can be intoxicating, it offers meditative powers, whether calm or threatening it remains a powerful force. Visiting a variety of locations and recording these places through the medium of photography enables me to capture fleeting movement and colour. Photographs are then further developed in the studio, these developments do not always aim to reflect photographic qualities. Oil paint is a tactile medium with diverse properties, resulting in layered and varied mark making reflecting the sea’s harsh movements. My work aims to pay tribute to the raw aspects of our natural world and remind us to reconnect to these places, regardless of how we choose to remember them.