artist in nature
The River Greta series
Paintings on and around the River Greta in County Durham will form the basis of my next exhibition at Cotherstone Village Hall, Teesdale on 22 and 23 April 2017. This is an area I have lived in over a number of years, have wandered over almost daily and grown to love.
The period over which it has taken me to paint these pictures, spans an evolution in my work, which I regard as being perhaps the most important I have undergone, gradually moving away from my illustration roots to trying to express the fleeting glimpse or moment experienced in nature and time.
Must be some kind of record (for me anyway) 14 Magpies together in a couple of apple trees in the orchard last night.14 Feb 2017
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Born in North Yorkshire and brought up in Derbyshire, I trained initially as a land agent, only during professional life to become interested in painting the natural world. This led to studying Scientific Illustration - graduate work featuring in Images 11 the Best of British Illustration 1986 - and employment in the scientific and advertising sectors.
After a few years of freelancing, I returned to land and heritage management - being involved in large scale award winning conservation and historic house schemes - whilst concentrating on painting natural subjects.
I have an MSc in Natural Resource Management, an MSc in Geographical Information Systems and am proud to be a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.