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I graduated with a BA honours degree from Exeter Art College in 1989. Since that time, I have worked extensively in England,Scotland and currently on the north coast counties Derry and Antrim in Northern Ireland.
I often work directly outdoors and due to the often rapidly changing weather conditions, I rely on speed to capture the view. I am very particular in choosing my location and I look for interesting alignments between foreground and background. Sometimes the weather has a big say in where and how I paint as the west Atlantic wind can be challenging. The more inclement the weather the smaller I work. Unison pastels and watercolours are a speedy combination and sometimes offer up the chance to capture the view quickly. I used to curse the way I would `lose`a painting due to the changing weather but now I am able to capture it and try and celebrate the rich diversity that makes these islands such a rewarding enviroment to work in.
The larger studio oil paintings are alot different in approach. I paint these in layers, the drying time of the paint dictates the process. I often paint wet in wet over dry paint and this sometimes creates an iridescent quality which changes as the onlooker moves. This is hard to show via photography due to the single eye perspective and it gives the painter an edge in a mass produced and saturated market.