Field Notes (blogs and vlogs)

Field Notes and Sketchbooks

I love to share my thoughts and ideas with you all. You can find my most recent blogs and sketchbooks here.

Whilst I would like to say I blog regularly, the constriction of doing something regularly just takes the fun away. However, I love to share my thoughts and ideas and recently this is taking form as vlog posts which I call 'Friday Chats'.

Being a painter is quite a solitary life and I use social media a lot to engage with my audience. So this is a section to have some blogs and also random thoughts, musings, little experiments and what nots.

Most recent blog

The energy of the landscape


Sometimes you have to paint in the moment. I work from sketches that are drawn or painted in the  landscape. These sketches are then worked from back in the studio.

For me my work is about capturing the ‘energy’ of the landscape. Whether that be a stormy day, or a quiet space, for me the important thing to capture is how the ‘energy’ felt, that day, in that spot. The beauty of this is that the landscape responds and changes to weather and seasons all the time, and is ever-evolving. The landscape is always ‘alive’ and a wonderful challenge.

I have been asked if I use photos to work from. I never do. I always work from my own sketch of the place, which for me captures the ‘energy’ of the moment. Although my paintings are personal responses I hope that they inspire people’s memories of their time in nature.

The most important aspect of love

“The most important aspect of love is not in the giving or receiving, it’s in the being”. This is a quote by  Ram Dass who is an American Psychologist and teacher. He wrote a great book in the 1970s called ‘Be here now”. And this book and his humanistic teaching inspired me on a journey… Read more »

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From an authentic place

Someone recently said to me they could always tell one of my paintings because of its ‘style’.  Such a lovely compliment and it really got me thinking as to what I thought ‘style’ actually is. I think having a recognisable ‘style’ or ‘painting handwriting’ is something we aim to achieve as Artists.  Reaching a consistent… Read more »

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Memories of places and times

There is something valuable in reviewing your art process. I think we can all get in a rut, I know I do, and end up doing the same thing, the same way. The old adage ‘if you always do, what you’ve always done. You always get, what you’ve always got’ is very true. So now… Read more »

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