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"Campanille, Venice, pastel on sanded paper 10 x 12

This painting took the Artist & Illustrator Magazine Award
in the Pastel Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London 2015






"I am not interested in pure representation;
my work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres
generated by landscape, still life or interior.
I take an everyday scene and, through a subtle approach
and through focusing on light, colour and tone, I try to give the motif an elevated atmosphere.
My subjects are often oriented around the mood of the sea, skies, harbours, ships and figures;

I am constantly absorbing everything that is around me. 
I am interested in new ideas and art forms.
My philosophy is that the more I work the more I discover.
Drawing is essential as a tool of discovery;
Skill and mastery of technique are also essential, but only as a vocabulary and a means towards an idea.

I struggle to keep an open mind."










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