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I wanted to represent our South West region of the United Kingdom in a way that is often seen by the resident population, rather than the coastline that is often shown to entice visitors to our beautiful part of the world. Light playing on autumnal beech leaves is a true representation but also a pleasing aesthetic that could be appreciated regularly as part of an interior decoration.

Southwold in Suffolk is a charming and unique English seaside town. With its traditional pier and quirky amusements, it is a special place to visit. Influenced by my background in textile design, my passion for painting has evolved into the pleasure of depicting British landscapes. I aim to capture the feeling of joyful moments spent in our British countryside and coastal areas, being mindful and grateful for the beauty in nature.

I am inspired by the British countryside with its flora and fauna, and the constant changing colours and moods to be found in the landscape. Cow Parsley has a very simple and beautiful structure, both en masse in a field and as an individual stem. It was this simple form and subtle blending of purple and green seeds that excited me and is the reason why I chose to paint the canvas.

This scene which is a short walk from my home is one of my favourites, and the view towards the Ceiriog valley never fails to impress me. The aqueduct is a hive of activity, busy with narrow boats, walkers and cyclists, and is popular with locals and tourists.

My painting is an interpretation of 78 Derngate, a Georgian town house redesigned by architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The house is an inspirational place to visit in Northampton and demonstrates Mackintosh’s modernist style.

Sunrise is always a very special time of the day and I wanted to challenge myself to capture the subtle colours of the early morning sunrise as it releases the autumn trees from the grey mist. Inspiration for my work comes from many sources, the changing light and shadows of each part of the day and the warm and cool colours of the seasons. Taking the time to observe and to capture on canvas a specific moment that stirs an emotion or asks a question is my on-going challenge.

I love the views in winter as much as I do in the summer. The tourists and the sunshine have gone and there are often moorland mists that settle on the water of Dovestones reservoir. I am drawn to reflections and shadows so I often find myself painting seascapes and boats on still water. In terms of colour I prefer calm, muted tones of blues, stones and greens.

I live in rural Oxfordshire and I particularly love painting cows as they have character, are inquisitive and will obligingly stand still for long stretches while you draw them - if only my human subjects would do the same! I love the sight of a herd of cows in a misty field in the early morning.

 

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