From the pleasure of childhood (galloping through the woods on make believe ponies with my Mum) through the angst of growing up (stomping through puddles in a waterlogged field in a 'teenage' mood) to the highs and lows of adulthood (takeaway coffee on a rock at the beach) I have sought relaxation and refuge in the great outdoors. It might be an exhilarating walk over mountain tops, a paddle in whatever water can be found, or a potter in the greenhouse and garden (muddy fingernails!)
I use painting and photography to capture on paper and canvas those moments I love best. I am attracted to the light filtering through the trees, the mist over low ground on an autumn morning, the bright shaft of sunlight, the turquoise in the barrel of a wave. . .
I spend a great deal of time both walking and driving and whichever I am doing, my camera and sketchbook are never far away as I observe the landscape and soak up the details for later. The hardest part is driving on by places or views I really want to stop at - but can't because I'm on the clock of my 'real' job. I just have to store it up in my memory for another time.
In 2018 I have joined the 'Walk 1000 miles in 2018' challenge run by Country Walking magazine. This, in addition to it's great health benefits, is making sure that I get out there on a daily basis and keeping the creative juices flowing.
Thank you for taking the time to look through my website. I hope you have enjoyed the images, and will visit again soon to catch up with new images as they appear.