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Recent Work

Recent work includes Spanish and Cornish themes.

In the Andalucian series I am exploring the relationship of landscape to Moorish architecture and garden design and have used a layering technique, with a strong emphasis on the contrast between flat pattern and spatial illusion. Music and dance is implicit in some of these and explicit in the Flamenco pieces.

Andalucian Diptych I. 20 x 48 ¼  inches. Oil on Canvas.  Andalucian Diptych II. 40 x 60 inches.  Oil on Canvas.  Andalucia III.  39 ¼ x 39¼ inches. Oil on Canvas.
Study for Andalucian Diptych I. 7 ¾ x 19 ½ inches Oil on Canvas.  Andalucia I.  21 ½ x 31 inches. Watercolor and Gouache.  Andalucia II.  22 ¾ x 31 inches. Watercolor and Gouache.  Andalucia III. 22 ¾ x 31 inches.  Watercolor and Gouache.
Flamenco I. 16 x  20 inches. Oil on Canvas.  Flamenco II.19 x 24 inches. Oil on Canvas.  Study 1 for Flamenco II,  20 x 27 ½ inches. Charcoal on tinted paper   Study 2 for Flamenco II.  20 x 27 ½ inches. Charcoal on tinted paper

The Bedruthan sequence is an improvisation on direct observation studies done in Cornwall and focuses on the relationship of geological form to the sea.

Bedruthan I.  16 x 12 inches.  Acrylic on Canvas  Bedruthan II.  8 x 19 ½ inches. Acrylic on Canvas  Bedruthan III.  12 x 12 inches. Acrylic on Canvas

The River Yeo paintings are painted on the spot and are paraphrases using transposed colour and strong rhythmic elements.

Yeo River, Spreyton I.  19 ½ x 23 ½ inches. Oil on Canvas.  Yeo River, Spreyton II.  19 ½ x 27 ½ inches. Oil on Canvas.

The Hommage a Gris piece is the starting point for a proposed series of paintings that will explore the interaction of interior and exterior spaces.

Hommage a Gris. 30 x 20 inches.  Oil on Canvas  Study for Hommage a Gris. 16 x 12 inches. Acrylic on board.

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Figure

A sample of pictures that explores the relationship of the figure to particular environments. I have tried to dramatise this with changes of scale and viewpoint and the use expressive colour contrast. The Games pictures combine different pattern elements to get across the spirit of the games depicted.

Chiswick Concerto: 36x48 inches. Oil on canvas.  Portobello Pageant (Commission): 48x52 inches. Oil on canvas.  Circus: The Ventriloquist 48x36 inches. Oil on canvas.  Self portrait with sheep's skull 18x24 inches. Oil on canvas.  Oware Backgammon

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This series tries to communicate the complex changing structure of the local Spreyton landscape as you walk through it. I use simultaneous viewpoints as a device to get across the sudden shifts in perspective and light conditions. Form is often fragmented in order to integrate it with the landscape and also to suggest movement. Birds and skulls are used as emblems of the life cycle. The pictures are unpremeditated and develop their own logic organically, mixing memory, imagination and observation.

Pheasants: 18x24 inches. Acrylic on canvas.  Pheasants Startled: 20x30 inches. Acrylic on canvas.  Spreyton Footpath 1: 48x36 inches. Oil on canvas.  Spreyton Footpath 2, Buzzard: 48x36 inches. Oil on canvas.  Spreyton Footpath 3: 39¼ x 31½ inches. Oil on canvas.  Spreyton Footpath 4: 31½ x 39¼ inches. Oil on canvas.
Spreyton Diptych 1, Sheep’s skull: 31½ x 79¾ inches. Oil on canvas.  Spreyton Diptych 2, Pheasants: 31½ x 79¾ inches. Oil on canvas.

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New York

A new series based on recent trips to New York. I am particularly interested in contrasting the crystalline, pristine high rise architectural forms with the low rise, more grotty and human corners of the city. I have written a sequence of poems that explores this theme and these are informing the visual work.

New York 1: 27½ x 19¾ inches. Acrylic on canvas.  New York 2: 30 x 22 inches. Charcoal on paper.  New York 3: 30 x 22 inches. Charcoal on paper.  New York 4: 30 x 22 inches. Charcoal on paper.  New York study 1: 12 x 8 inches. Acrylic on canvas.  New York study: The Downrush  New York study: Little Italy

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Studies

A selection of paintings from observation that underpin the above studio based series.

Spreyton Walk 1: 7 x 14 inches. Acrylic on panel.  Spreyton Walk 2: 5¾ x 13¼ inches. Acrylic on panel.  Spreyton Walk 3: 8 x 9 inches. Acrylic on panel.  Spreyton Walk 4: 6 x 8¼ inches. Acrylic on panel.
Spreyton Walk 5: 5¼ x 8 inches. Acrylic on panel.  Spreyton Walk 6: 6 x 8¼ inches. Acrylic on panel.  From Frenchbeer: 20 x 30 inches. Oil on canvas.  Cawsand Beacon study: 9 x 12 inches. Acrylic on canvas.  Brace of Pheasants: 20 x 15¼ inches. Oil on canvas.

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Prints

The prints develop ideas started in paintings or are based on drawings made on the spot. Composition and dramatic contrast is a prime concern.

I enjoy the decisiveness of working with absolute black as well as the physical carving experience of making the blocks. Vinyl is a yielding material to use and allows delicate as well as bold mark making.

Fingle Rhapsody: 11 x 17¾ inches. Vinyl relief print.  Cawsand Fantasy: 9¼ x 15 inches. Vinyl relief print.  Some languages are hard to dream in, 1  Some languages are hard to dream in, 2  Some languages are hard to dream in, 3  Some languages are hard to dream in, 4  Some languages are hard to dream in, 5 Barn  Juggler  Guitar  Walker in the Forest

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Cornwall, Mawgan Porth

These paintings are an exploration of the environment at Mawgan Porth. They use different perspectives to investigate tide patterns and changing light conditions.

Cornwall, Mawgan Porth - Tidal  Cornwall, Mawgan Porth - Terrace

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Spain, Andalucia

This is a series exploring the interiors of the Islamic palaces in Seville and the Alhambra and combining these with landscape elements from Andalusia. Calligraphic patterns are turning out to be an important constituent of the paintings.

Spain - Andalucia, triptych  Spain - interior, alhambra