I am a professional British artist born in the Midlands, how living in Hampshire. My need to create comes from a desire to play, which along with having always been a daydreamer results in my work being colourful and naive in nature.
OK, what’s this thing I have with Trees?
I have always loved being outdoors and find the peace, beauty and tranquillity very therapeutic. Trees can be the most commanding feature in a landscape, and will make most people stop and take a moment to reflect. They have long been seen as a spiritual life force, and there is no doubt in the role they pay in clean air and climate change.
The Japanese practice of ‘shinrin-yoku’ (Forest Bathing) is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. Being in the presence of trees is good for you.
Personally I have a great respect and love for them, and I do find them spiritual as being around them makes me feel calm and relaxed. The process of painting them is like a form of meditation for me, and I have been told by people that looking at my paintings calms them and makes them feel peaceful. Recently I have found myself painting lone trees, and I see them as personalities.
Do the trees come from my imagination or real life?
I paint trees how I think they look, rather than how they actually look. I sometimes start with a photo or sketch of an actual tree, but I find that working too closely from these and trying to get an accurate representation stifles my creativity. It is much more fun to try to capture its personality and the way it makes me feel by using my imagination. I start with the trunk and main branches, and then I let them take on a life of their own as the mood of the paintings develops. I must admit that I often find myself talking to them, as their personalities develop.
Is there anything that I want the viewer to take from my work?
When I paint my trees and landscapes I am trying to capture the way the subject makes me feel, whether I’m in awe of its striking beauty or soothed by its calmness and peace. They are an intimate reflection of the inner peace that I get from being alone with nature. I hope that the viewer connects with the work in a way that is personal to them.
For information on exhibitions, please go to my Exhibitions page.
If you would like any further information, please Contact Me
The Mitchell Centre, Sutton Coldfield West Midlands.
Tel: 0121 323 3776
Artifex Gallery Website
Clifton Fine Art
12 Perry Road, Bristol
Tel: 0117 239 7684
Clifton Fine Art Website