I have had an ambivalent relationship with painting clouds. My approach to painting clouds has been transformed by looking at and painting Irish skies.
Born in Hereford, educated in Cardiff, I am a professional artist who lives in Swansea. I love light and colour.
In my art I am drawn to light and shadows and how they shape our emotions, whether it is moonlight on the sea, summer sun on a British beach, the shadows under chestnut trees in an autumn park or thin spring sunshine on daffodils.
I remember visiting the South of France as a teenager and being mesmerized by the dazzling light, I have been attempting to capture that excitement about light in my paintings ever since.I aim to make people look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary beauty in it.
For the next month I am selling a selection of Christmas cards based on my paintings direct from my website.
Painting of the coast of Owey Island, Donegal. Owey lies just a short distance off Cruit Island near Kincasslagh in west County Donegal.
There is a frequent ferry service from Burtonport and this old cottage was spotted nestling into the rocks of one of many islands, Inishcoo, I think, en route to Arranmore.
Yesterday was Clyne Farm’s first Christmas Market and we were blessed with sparkling crisp sunshine. It was very popular.
The sparkling autumn light is stunning. From a painter’s point of view is more interesting than summer light. I find it ironic that there’s less light around but its better quality, from an artists’ point of view. I still have not adjusted to the clocks going back last month, and I am still waking at 5 -5.30am!
It is no secret that I love animals. I come from a family of animal lovers.So its no surprise that I often choose dogs (and their owners) as subjects for my art.
There was an island just across the turquoise water from Cruit Island. It was dotted with houses, some clearly derelict, others in good order. I didn’t know it at the time but this was Owey island.
I have saved the best til last. I did not walk the length of Worms Head at the same time as my other Gower coastal Walks. This was because you cannot walk its full length between the 1st March and the 31st of August – as the last part of the Worm, the Outer Head, is closed in order to protect nesting seabirds.
We saw Mount Errigal when we flew in from Dublin, from the runway at the airport, from the beach at Carrickfinn, From Bunbeg beach, from the Rosses, from Gweedore.