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.
April in the Forest – a woodland landscape with wildflowers and bluebells
30 x 30 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a an English woodland in Spring. The style is impressionist and expressionist and the colours are vibrant and rainbow. A red tree stands in the foreground with blue bells, buttercups and other wild flowers at it's base and beyond. In the distance is a a clearing where the light floods it between the leaves and branches of the trees. I painted this as England this winter has been spectacularly grey and I needed to remind myself of how beautiful Spring will be. The inspiration is loosely based on a walk I took near Hartfield in Sussex last year. Edges white, no frame needed.
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of horses on a beach at sunset. It is called 'elemental' as the four horses are each running in a different direction and have power as the elements do. There is a suggestion of sunset or sunrise and waves rolling in on the sand with warm pink, orange and yellow clouds in the background. In the distance and from the horses themselves, there is another suggestion of electricity or lighting. The style is partly traditional and partly contemporary with carefully painted horses and then thick decorative layers of paint made in contrast to this. The intention of this painting is to make a representation of an explosive energy being unleashed rather than just being a pretty picture of horses on a beach. Not sure how well I succeeded but I had fun trying.
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract painting of a tiger in a beautiful landscape. The tiger is climbing the branches around her and looks over the lake, trees and jungle in the background. She searches or is maybe just making sure all is as it should be. The painting is slightly art nouveau and is painted in very vibrant, slightly blurred colours which makes it a little mystical. This is another in a series of big cat paintings where I am trying to provide a safe space for the animals to be. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large blue painting of an underwater seascape with a lone fish. The fish is swimming purposefully over the sandy seabed. Behind her is the deep blue water in the distance and above her the water rises to the aqua blues and turquoise colours near the surface of the water. Some of the sky can also be seen as well as gentle waves and lots of sparkles of light. On the surface of the seabed are the fleeting light patterns made by the sun as its beams are reflected around constantly by the movement of the restless water. The little tropical fish is happy in her space - intent on her own adventure in a big blue sea. I painted it as another in a series of lone fish paintings but each one is nevertheless different. This painting is for those people who are brave enough to go their own way despite what others may think. On deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame necessary.
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract red original oil painting of three magical red deer in a red dawn. The three stags stand and stare at us through a haze of red light. Behind the middle stag is a rising morning sun and there is a suggestion of trees and a lake behind them. Two portals lead out of the landscape and elsewhere. The dawn sky is pink. In the foreground are strange red shapes that could be poppies or may be something else materializing. The painting was inspired by the fact that I wanted to make some red art with some power to it. Deer have a mystical and enchanting presence naturally so made a good subject. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting in art nouveau semi abstract style. This large landscape is painted using thick red, yellow and amethyst tones and has lots of sinewy lines which weave in and around each-other. There is the suggestion of trees and a lake in the background and red flowers in the foreground, A leopard sits up a tree leisurely switching her tail back and forth as she weaves a spell. The environment made her and she is enchanting it. This is another in a series of big cat paintings where I am painting a space for my cat to live. They can disappear deeper into their new world whenever they wish. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large blue painting of an underwater seascape with ten flame orange fish swimming along the sea bed. The ocean water is blue and turquoise and the light shines through the surface of the water making sparkles and patterns that are then reflected onto the sandy shore. I like to use primary colours with their complement's - in this case orange and blue and this is why the fish had to be orange. It is another in a series of large seascapes with fish that I have been painting since
a Caribbean holiday I had a few years ago. I snorkled a lot and I fell in love with the undersea wonders I saw. This painting is on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame necessary.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a 4 crows in an abstract winter forest. The crows fly in elegant formation against an abstract, art nouveau type background that looks like a winter forest at sunset or dusk. However, it has been deliberately blurred to make it look distant. The crows by comparison have been painted very sharply so that they are obviously near to the foreground. Strange patterns that are reminiscent of pagan runes surround the crows which make the scene slightly mysterious. It was inspired by the fact that crows are often thought of as spiritual messengers and by the fact that I often feel they are monitoring me when I walk in their territory and reporting my progress to someone! I like a mystery and I love crows. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large semi abstract original oil painting of an autumn forest with a stag. Have you ever walked in a forest and felt energized by the feeling of mystery or promise of revelation that it can induce?. The sound of birds, the smell of the moss and leaves, a glimpse of a deer or fox are all timeless experiences - especially in autumn when the sun is low and shafts of light shine though the trees making dappled patches of light on the path. I tried to capture this feeling with this painting. The revelation, whatever it is, is at the other side of the forest...
Deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a large semi abstract autumn forest with deer. The landscape shows an abstract forest with a row of deer stags and does silhouetted against the light through the trees. They stand looking from two sides of a forest and there is a hint of waterfall or lake in the distance. The colours are very warm and vibrant. The deer watch silently. They wait to lead those with a sense of adventure to an exciting new world of possibilities... Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a calm blue sea with two tropic birds wheeling and tumbling above it. This was painted in a slightly traditional and slightly expressionist style. 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 spiraling and gliding 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 sheer elegance of birds over water.
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large semi abstract original oil painting of a vibrant autumn forest with unicorn. This painting was made with lots of warm luminous colours and is slightly art nouveau in style. The paint was blurred together to give it a slightly 3D effect. Among the trees a white horse can just about be seen with her tail intertwined in the flora and fauna of the forest. It is inspired by my own desire to find magical things. I find forests fascinating but also scary - just like most fairy tales. There is an atmosphere in trees that changes from woodland to woodland - quite strange. This woodland was inspired by Friston Forest in Sussex where mythical beats may well be glimpsed from time to time... Painted on deep edge canvas, edges white, frame not needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a semi abstract landscape with a leopard. It is painted on a square canvas which is dark at the edges and gets lighter towards the centre giving the idea of a portal or doorway to another world. The leopard crouches on a branch waiting for something to occur. She adds a touch of realism to the glimpse you see of her jungle realm. The scene around her hints at a river and colourful plants and I wonder if I can go through this portal into this jungle or if leopard can get out...
Deep edge canvas, white edges, frame not necessary.
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract original oil painting of deer at dawn in a misty forest. A long row of deer stand across a river looking at us out of the trees. It is semi abstract and slight art nouveau in style and is painted in autumn winter dawn colours of peach, yellow's, white and violet grey. The sun glows through the mist low above the forest tree line. It is icy with frost and early morning thaw makes a mist. The deer know something we don't so they simply wait and watch us. Inspired by a morning walk in the Ashdown forest in autumn. Shiny finish, deep edge canvas, edges white, frame not needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a path through an autumn wood. Three female deer and one stag watch from the right as the light beckons though the trees. It promises a discovery of some kind. The style is slightly art nouveau, semi abstract and is painted to give a blurred out of focus effect. This path through a forest is a persistent theme for me as I walk often in woodland like this. And when I do, I am forever feeling like I will discover something magical just around the next bend. The trees whisper it, the sunlight hints at it, the deer lead to it. Maybe one day I will find it (whatever it is!)
30 x 30 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a robin bird in an autumn coloured woodland. The painting is semi abstract, art nouveau in style and is mostly painted in purple, yellow, pink and orange. It was inspired by the robin's I see when I walk in English woodland and by the happy little song a robin will make just before he tries to steal your sandwiches. I like that robins are bolder than most of the other little birds and was trying to pay homage to the them and their song. Edges white, no frame needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a semi abstract forest with two bullfinches. The style is slightly art nouveau (organic forms in a pattern) and the colours range from purple, amethyst, magenta, orange and rose red through to Indian yellow and gold. The background trees and light through the forest is deliberately blurred to make it look out of focus whilst in the foreground two red bullfinches are in sharp focus as a contrast to the background. I often walk in Sussex woodland and often see these birds. I find the little flashes of colour and beautiful song quite magical. I wonder what magic they are creating when there are no humans around to notice it. This is another in a series of paintings I have been working on that are portals to another place. I like that it can be on a wall and provide an exit when you need to get away for while. It is on deep edge canvas, white edges, frame not necessary.
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large original seascape painting of a lady on a beach by a blue sea. The tiny figure stands at the edge of the white foam as the waves are pulling back. She is being drawn into the sea and the painting does have a real pull to it which makes it a little scary but also quite inviting. The water is turquoise, aqua and blue and the sand is pale. It is painted in thick paint in an expressionist semi abstract style. It reflects the feeling of fear mixed with fascination that the sea has and was inspired after a stay I had in Florida in January 2017. Most people love the sea and this it is because of the space plus energy that it gives to you when to look at it, smell the salt and listen to the rhythm of it. Painted on deep edge canvas, edges white, ready to hang, no frame needed.
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a semi abstract forest. Two pheasants fly into the forest and mimic the colours that can be seen in the forest. The rainbow colours are very vibrant and and have been blended and blurred to give an out of focus affect. It is the sort of place that may be of this world but could also be on another planet entirely. It is only the pheasants (who are nice but dim) who keep it in England. It was painted after a walk I had in the woods near a village called Warbleton in East Sussex. A lovely area where it is easy to forget what year or even what century we are in. I think this is why the painting is quite ethereal. It is on deep edge canvas, white edges, frame not 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
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
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.
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 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