I was born in Ambleside and, growing up in Westmorland, have always enjoyed fell-walking, rock climbing and swimming in and skating on the lakes. However, it was not until I was in my 40s that I started painting them, as a result of a chance encounter with someone who was setting up an Art Group. Media, style and subject matter have all changed over the years-- now I paint mostly in acrylics and mixed media but enjoy experimenting with different techniques: collage, inks and alternatives to brushes such as twigs, card or palette knives. I particularly like the random and unexpected effects these can create.
I most enjoy painting the fells in all weathers, sketching in situ and finishing in the studio (a summerhouse in the garden). The best climbing conditions are not often the best for painting, swirling cloud and enveloping mists producing more exciting light effects and atmospheric moods. I like to be reminded by my paintings of particular outings such as a Christmas Eve ascent of Helvellyn in the snow with spectacular alpine views from the summit or a sudden shaft of sunlight picking out St. Johns-in-the Vale from the surrounding gloom.
As well as being a member of Ambleside Art Society I am also in the Green Door Collective in Kendal and take part each year in their Art Trail. I admire the work of abstract and semi-abstract painters such as Kurt Jackson, Katherine Holmes and Mike Bernard as well as that of my daughter Freya, a professional artist from whom I have learnt a great deal. One of our greatest pleasures is painting on the fells together, sharing our love of walking and mountains and trying to capture something of this in art.