I am originally from Liverpool England. I was at art college in the North of England and earned my BA honors and MFA in painting when I was in my mid twenties. I have been painting for more than forty years. In my youth I spent ten years painting goldfish in tanks and bowls, experimented with large abstract canvases and researched old masters painting methods in oil. I even made my own paint!
I moved to Los Angeles in 1990. The work on this site represents a chronicling of the subtle changes in the seasons and light through my observations of urban trees. I paint directly from the subject sitting on my fishing stool on the side of the road.
Working from the figure has always been a constant of my practice as an artist also. I find working directly from my subject with the versatile and immediate medium of watercolor, challenging and fascinating.
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Urban tree paintings: When the sun hits a tree at a certain angle, a firework happens!
Gallery nudes: The model brings a certain attitude to the drawing session. I strive to capture this. And then there are the formal things; color, form, light and space.
Most of the work here is done with watercolor on paper with the occasional use of watercolor pencils. Watercolor is an immediate and unforgiving medium, but perfect for using on site directly in front of your subject.
I hit the ground running in my twenties. I showed at the Young Contemporaries and the Royal Academy in England as well as having two one woman shows. When I came to Los Angeles in 1990 I continued painting moving from oil to acrylic to watercolor.
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