Along the Gorse Lined Track, Machrie Moor, Isle of Arran
Original: Indian Ink
Growing up in an artistic family in St Ives in Cornwall, painting has always been a part of my life. Taught by my grandfather, father and uncle, my earliest memories involve a sketchbook and pencil, canvas and palette knife, sat along the cliffs of the West Penwith peninsula. A move from Cornwall to New Zealand in my late twenties brought fresh inspiration and a new focus and on my return to St Ives some years later, I set up my studio and began painting full time.
Having worked on the Isle of Arran for a number of years, moving here permanently in 2020 saw a shift in my work. The pieces I am producing now are melding of my early abstract work and later figurative work. The ink is built up in washes and worked back in to many times. The end results are studies looser in style and less figurative but with a greater sense of texture and depth.
My studio, on the wilder, more isolated west coast of the island looks out to sea across the Kilbrannan Sound and sits on the edge of the moor. I revisit the same spots often, to sketch and paint at different times of day, different times of year and in different weather conditions. I am drawn to finding fresh inspiration from the familiar; capturing the transient shift of light and colour as the seasons roll through.