MA Fine Art
Working as a contemporary landscape painter and electronic music composer, I have my studios and gallery on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Inspiration comes from the natural scenery of the Waveney Valley as well as the uncompromising Suffolk coastline at places such as Covehithe and Dunwich.
Embracing the idea of ‘mistakes’ as an integral part of creative practice, I enthusiastically support the idea of incorporating ‘happy accidents’ in my work, allowing the medium to dictate the process. Deliberately rusted steel, distressed canvas, poured varnish, dust, detritus, sand, cement and ‘found objects’ are combined with oils in an expressive and spontaneous manner, while retaining characteristics of traditional realism. An element of synaesthesia also occurs in my practice, whereby colours are perceived from hearing sounds and music.
Much of my research involves investigating ideas of permanence versus impermanence and time-based immateriality, using mediums that have fragile or corrosive qualities. Currently, Covehithe on the North Suffolk coast, with its eroding cliffs and fallen trees, forms the central theme of my practice, based around my 50-year relationship with the area. I am viewing the accelerated disappearance of this coastline through auto-ethnographic eyes. Nostalgic memories tinged with sadness and lament for loss and an inevitable future and set against an acceptance of the idea of positive regeneration and the cycle of nature.