I paint original oil paintings which are heavily inspired by Sussex, England. My subjects are modern contemporary landscape paintings, seascape paintings and animal paintings on large canvas using thick oil paint.
On my art sites you will see Sussex meadow paintings, woodland path paintings, English landscape paintings, beautiful animal paintings and seascape paintings. Each one has a unique story and sometimes mystical elements within it.
I like expressionist paintings and impressionist paintings and have developed a painting style that sits between these two. I have paintings for sale at my home studio and online art galleries. As a child, I taught myself to draw and paint by copying animals and horses out of books on an almost daily basis then in 1979 I did a foundation course at Chelsea and then a degree course at Brighton where I graduated in 1982 with a fine art degree in sculpture. I then worked in a studio on the seafront for a while making sculptures with an architect for clubs and hotels.
On moving to East Grinstead in the late 80's, I began painting for an art agent that specialised in animal, people and bespoke portraits and soon became skilled at painting dogs and horses in a classical style. I also took on mural painting commissions and wrote and illustrated a few children's books.
In the late 90's I began teaching art adult education courses for Central Sussex College as well as running my own art courses. I sell my paintings mostly in on-line galleries but also through real world galleries and exhibitions. I have exhibited at the Mall galleries in London, Chelsea open exhibition, local galleries such as Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, The Hawth Theatre, Sheffield Park, Lingfield, Brighton festival, Shoreham gallery and many others.
My goals are to: a) to paint a masterpiece one day b) help other people to get the thrill from their creating their own art that I get.
Spirit Guides – deer in a winter forest, art nouveau style
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a group of deer in a winter forest. The deer are looking inquiringly at us - as deer do - and there is a suggestion of frosty branches and trees and snow. The style is a little art nouveau and slightly abstract and expressionist. The colours are pale with lots of white. The name refers to the fact that deer are often seen as being guide between this world and another. Living near the Ashdown forest as I do, I often see them and do find them beautiful and mysterious. Oil on deep edge canvas, edges white, no frame necessary.
Oil on deep edge canvas, edges white, no frame necessary.
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract original oil painting of a summer landscape. I called it 'a summer place' after a song I used to love as a little kid - I can hear this song when I look at the painting. The landscape shows three swallows swooping over the scene with red reeds or poppies, a lake, some pine trees and the sea. It is art nouveau and decorative but also quite painterly and abstract. I painted it after a visit to the Cuckmere river in Sussex and tried to capture the gorgeous ecstatic enthusiasm of the wildlife and birds there as they follow the river to the sea. I was quite happy to be there myself :-) Deep edge canvas, edges white, frame not needed.
36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a semi abstract bluebell wood in Spring. This landscape is based on a real bluebell wood near Forest Row in East Sussex where I spent some time listening to the birds, smelling the scent of the flowers and generally just loving being in England. The painting is semi abstract and impressionist in style and reflects my memories of it rather than being a botanical study or an avian wildlife study. Blue tits flit around very fast and the bluebells themselves seem to shimmer. They play tricks on your eyes and I am pleased that I think I caught that effect in this painting. It is painted on deep edge canvas, edges white, ready to hang, no frame necessary. I made a video of the wood at this link in case you would like to see the actual inspiration for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mXVC6dFAYA
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of the sea with two tropic birds dancing over it. This was painted in a slightly traditional and slightly expressionist style and shows two tropic birds wheeling around eachother above the sea. The colours are muted and hint at late afternoon. There are small waves rolling in and light sparkles off the water. The intention of this painting was simply in response to many hours spent watching sea birds tumbling around in the sky like dancers. The ocean is a great place to watch birds and I got a little carried away trying to capture the aestheticness of birds over water.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a large semi abstract landscape. A woman sits by a lake wearing a yellow dress with a dog beside her. There is a lake and trees and forests or mountains beyond and poppies and wildflowers all around. It was inspired by a fragment of a dream that I get sometimes where I live in a cabin by a lake with dogs and cats and animals for company and the scent of wild flowers. It was an experiment trying to paint it as it was indistinct which is why the painting is slightly strange. I am pleased with it though as it does help me recall this dream which was probably from another lifetime. I like the way it is both orderly and chaotic at the same time - just like memories and dreams themselves are.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a large semi abstract landscape. A red deer stag stands watching us from the forest where beams of light filter through the trees and light up the gaps between the trees. He is dark but slightly luminous. The style is lyrical and slightly art nouveau. It is painted in autumn colours and hints of a lake and mist through trees. The stag is ready to take us somewhere beautiful. It was inspired by the fabian nature of deer who are the true unicorns of our English woodland. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a semi abstract slightly mystical landscape. The painting hints at a lake and trees with autumn colours. Two red and back woodpeckers dissolve out of the scenery and the painting appears to shimmer with its different transparent layers. I was trying to catch that feeling you get you are walking and suddenly spot something but can't quite work out what it is until you get closer to it. One of the great joys of walking in the country is getting glimpses of wildlife in unexpected places. I love this and this painting, I hope, reflects it. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract original oil painting of a winter landscape. Two crows fly high above the winter trees and the rookery below them. Through the trees can be seen frosty fields, a river, hills and maybe the sea or a lake beyond. The trees have the suggestion of magnolia or other pink blossom on them. The crows are not quite of this world and the entire landscape shimmers and seems to dissolve slightly as you look at it. It was painted after walking along the South Downs near Kingston. Crows are constant companions when you walk in England. Almost as if they are keeping an eye on you. I am fond of them but also find them quite mysterious. It would not surprise me if they can flip from one dimension to another - hence the title of the painting.
A large 48 x 36 x 1.5 inches original oil painting on canvas of a winter landscape. It is semi-abstract in style and painted in hues of violet, pink, orange and yellow. Two swallows fly over a a shimmering, misty lake. The refection of the rising sun can be seen through the trees and in the water. It was inspired by a walk I took in December near Ardingly in Sussex. I was trying to show that, although not as colourful as the other seasons, winter can be very beautiful and that nature and the seasons go relentlessly though their cycles regardless of what humans are doing and that a good way to stay sane is simply to walk and observe this. Nature is endlessly fascinating.
A 40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a sunset over the sea. A woman sits on a rock in the foreground and watches the waves moving in. Below her, white lacy patterns are formed by the water as it swirls over and around the rocks near the shore. The sun is low in the sky and its colours are reflected in the glittering sea. The woman is brave. She is remembering something she needs to remember and is making decisions that will change the future.
This painting draws on the observations made during many hours spent on Brighton beach as an art student bunking off from work as the sea was much more interesting.
Edges are white with a hint of yellow. No frame needed
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of an underwater seascape with tropical fish. The three colourful fish are called 'angel queens' and they glide across the sandy seabed in perfect unison. The sand reflects the pale pink, lilac, yellow and peach colours that are mirrored in the fish. The surface of the water above the fish is blue, green and turquoise and shimmers with sparkling light. Beams of light shine through the clear blue water and make white patterns across the sandy sea floor. The fish are unimpressed. They move together to another destination that only they know about and we can only guess. Painted in a realistic style and inspired by too many happy hours spent face down in a Caribbean sea. It makes me happy to paint this series of underwater paintings as I can relive brilliant holidays as I do it! Edges are white, canvas does not need a frame.
A very large 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches original oil landscape painting on canvas. It is colourful, semi abstract and expressionist in style. Among the trees and a setting sun, three ravens are flying. They are the watchers in the woods. What I wanted to capture in this painting was that fleeting moment when the trees and sky and ravens all begin merging into one just before going dark. The painting was inspired by the ravens in a rookery near where I live. I often walk through their little patch of forest and feel they are watching and commenting on my progress - not in a sinister way but simply in their capacity as observers. In folklore they are often depicted as messengers for spirits or ushers to other realms and I can see how that came about. Painted in thick glossy paint on deep edge canvas, edges white, no frame necessary.
30 x 30 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of an autumn path in a forest. This painting is semi-abstract and impressionist in style and was inspired by watching how autumn goes through its different phases. When the leaves of one species of tree start to turn - the others follow very fast. The colours of yellow, orange, magenta, red and purple feature heavily as the greens of summer subside. There is obviously a force of nature co-ordinating this transformation and sometimes I feel as if I can hear the trees choosing their moment and singing to each-other - hence the title.
Oil on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a blue bird of paradise in a beautiful warm autumn / fall forest. The bird peers around a tree towards a crossroads of paths that leads through the red and orange trees and out to a clearing in the distance. We can't see beyond that but whatever is there it will be something spectacular. It is painted in an expressionist, art nouveau style in autumn colours with lilac, yellow, pink, orange and red as the main colours but with the blue bird standing out among them in his bright blue plumage. I started painting this with the idea of creating a landscape for the bird to live in. I hope he finds a friend and has babies so that the forest will be full of birds the next time I look at it...
Oil on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed
30 x 30 x 1.5 Original oil of an English woodland path. The colours are summer to autumn and there is raven circling above the trees watching as you walk her path. The painting was made after a walk in the Ashdown Forest where ravens and crows seemed to report my progress for the entirety of my journey. I never underestimate birds - they know far more than we assume and I would not be surprised if the Green Man himself is their boss. The painting is quite 3D in aspect and the colours shimmer and change throughout the day as the sunlight moves round the room. The style is impressionist, semi abstract. The edges are white with a hint of lilac and no frame is needed.
A 36 x 36 x 1.5 inches large original oil on canvas. The painting is a very colourful, semi abstract landscape and has a white barn owl hovering in the gap between the trees above the woodland path. Her attention is on something we cannot see. The painting style is abstract expressionist, art deco and a little art nouveau and was created using thick oil paint that is slightly glossy. The canvas is deep edged and white with a hint of blue. A frame is not necessary. I painted the bright colours using varying brush sizes, wet into wet method, using lots of linseed oil and the tree and light shapes began to form as I did this. The owl went in last as I wanted her there to look after the final scene.
A 31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch original oil on canvas painted in an Art Deco, semi abstract style of a winter landscape. A white deer stag stands on a snowy path through the trees looking back at something we cannot see. He is the hart of winter. He owns the forest and can appear or disappear into it at will. The colours range from white, yellow, peach, pink and purple. The paint is thick in places and has been allowed to drip in places which give it a contemporary look but without being messy.
A large oil on canvas paintings in expressionist style of a Sussex landscape. A path leads you past the hart who waits in the trees and you can see through the autumn trees to the fields, forests and sky beyond. This the harts garden.
A 36 x 48 x 2 inch original oil on canvas of two universes meeting. One is very dark and almost Gothic and the other is very light and very enticing. On the left, a white bird has broken through from the dark side and on the right, dark birds can be seen watching her flight above a beautiful calm sea. There is a beach of red sand and blue waves lapping on the shore. The dark paint is a dark purple and very textured, The light side is smoother in contrast. This is a painting about the urge to keep fighting to get to the place you wish to be. It is optimistic and it demonstrates that things can always get better. If you have ever read Jonathon Livingston Seagull you will probably relate to this painting!
A line of beautiful black crows tumble around each other in a spiraling vortex over a beautiful winter wood. They form a spiral that may possibly be pulling the landscape towards them a little. Painted in thick oil paint on deep edge canvas in very vibrant colours with lots of movement. Expressionist and gestural in style. The edges are painted a very light peach colour to match the sky colour. You can see a video of me painting this picture on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvLlAvh1tkE
Here is a hot off the easel big seascape (31 x 47 inches). It was inspired whilst peering over the cliff at Seaford and watching the kittiwakes riding the thermals over the sea. You can't see it in the painting but that cliff is where they were nesting. It was magic to watc
A large English landscape painting of Sussex fields with the sea in the distance. The meadow flowers are foxgloves and there is a seagull sauntering around on her way back to the sea in the distance.It was inspired by summer 2014 in Sussex, England which was the most extreme I have ever seen. Flowers, trees, and wildlife went mad in their enthusiasm to reproduce and grow as fast as possible. It was beautiful and funny and a lovely thing to witness.
A large expressionist painting of a daisy field and white blossom trees inspired by Sussex fields in April and May. There is a path through the daisies across the field to other fields beyond. It is the latest in a series of pathway paintings - all of which lead somewhere better...
Colours are white, mauve, green, yellow and pink. Painted on deep edge canvas with edges white.paintings of gardens, English garden paintings, flowers, contemporary flower paintings, large vibrant oil paintings, expressionist landscape paintings
A large original oil painting of a summer day in England by a river. The trees and reflections in the river are in red, green and yellow and lilac. There is a field of daisies behind the trees. The river is peaceful and the raven stands guard over his territory. It is Expressionist in style and the paint is thick and vibrant. Deep edge canvas - white with a hint of green.