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As a young painter I can remember one very special moment, the clear realisation that I had found a source of inspiration that would influence my work from then on.

I had just made a radical change of direction in my career, leaving teaching and moving to Dorset. The ancient and beautiful landscape I discovered was a revelation and one particular image stays in my memory. Imagine a vast vaulted sky, a chalk textured field stretching ahead to reveal an ancient stone structure, a neolithic dolmen originally erected about 4000BC. This was the Hellstone, high above Portesham and stark against the sky. Since that day, Dorset's ancient sites, landscape and coastline have been the source material for most of my work. The quality of light, conditioned by the chalk downland has also been a significant influence. Stones, rocks and Purbeck's amazing coastline with its intricate detail and sweeping switchback scale, textures and shapes were absorbed into my visual vocabulary. In response I created new techniques in an attempt to record the myriad surfaces I was experiencing.

I had taught ceramics and that awareness of surfaces coupled with the need to recreate textures led me, through my experience of firing pots in kilns, to explore the action of extreme heat on acrylic and oil paint. I learnt about the resulting stresses and textures created, and by layering, smoothing back and using other media such as glues, managed to achieve the surfaces I sought. These are evident in my work where complex textures contrast with areas of porcelain-like smoothness. I encourage tactile as well as visual involvement with my work and to that end leave the paintings unglazed.

I paint full-time and exhibit regularly and nationally, my work being in numerous private and corporate collections. My second book, 'Overview' has recently been published by Canterton Books and I am featured in 'Cranborne Chase Artists' by the same publisher, 'Fifty Wessex Artists' by Evolver Books and 'Paintings in Public Ownership' by PCF.

Northcott 2
    Northcott 2
  • 37 x 57cm
Outlook
    Outlook
  • 51 x 38cm
Landform 3
    Landform 3
  • 36 x 36cm