A walk through the forest at night with a full moon illuminating the sturdy trunks and feathery branches is a magical experience. Trees are an endless source of inspiration and often feature in my work.
My landscapes are frequently inspired by the Autumn and Winter seasons, when everything in nature is stripped back and you can see the structure of the trees, often as beautiful silhouettes against the sky. I try to convey the textures of ploughed fields and the gentle, muted tones of the landscape through these paintings.
I've been painting birds for a long time; the nests and feathers are a more recent addition. I enjoy creating these little creatures and their homes from my imagination, as well as referencing birds that exist in nature.
I've had a fascination with the night sky and especially the moon for a long time. I hope my paintings convey some of the wonder I feel when I gaze up into an inky sky twinkling with billions of stars.
This series of astronomy paintings started in 2011 with the Imaginary Star Charts, moving on to the Luna and Moon & Stars paintings in 2013. The series continues to develop and evolve.
I've been painting on pebbles since 2011, when it occurred to me that my precise nature motifs and intricate patterned designs would complement this natural material. Each stone becomes a precious art object - either displayed individually or in collections of various sizes. I often have a design in mind before I start painting, but I'll allow the shape, colour, and natural markings of the stone to dictate the composition during the painting process.
My painted stones have been commissioned by magazines and book publishers, and have been featured in Breathe, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home and Resurgence & Ecologistmagazines in the UK, Flow magazine in the Netherlands, Hendes Verden in Denmark, and in the books Rock Art! by Denise Scicluna, 365 Nature by Anna Carlile, and A Book That Takes Its Time by Irene Smit & Astrid van der Hulst.
Ready made collections can be found in my shop and I often work on special commissioned collections for private clients, so please contact me if you'd like me to create some painted stones especially for you.