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I moved to the borders 12 years ago and decided to invest in a studio which looks out over to the sea in the distance and I have returned to my former passion for watercolour painting.
I employ a wide variety of watercolour painting techniques and am always looking for new ways of using this versatile medium to represent the landscapes I love. I do enjoy painting wet in wet which I believe gives the colours the greatest opportunity to add their own individuality to my work. I often use a limited palette of colours which, I feel, gives me the chance to catch the nuance in a landscape which is constantly changed by the light and shadow of the natural elements.
Whatever individual landscape I paint I am influenced by wide sweeps of mountains, moorland and sea and then fascinated by the detail of drystone walls, rock outcrops and lichens. This counterpoint of detail within expansive space coupled with the alchemy of watercolours themselves has excited and inspired me throughout my life.
Creativity to me is a solitary occupation driven on by the urge to create using colour and texture but the support given to me by friends who encourage me is fundamental to this process.