The act of art-making, for me, is an exposure of the raw subconscious, a meditation with purpose.
My work is inspired by living, breathing, embracing nature and my paintings range from impressionist landscapes to more abstracted and geometric forms. I play with color and light to capture fleeting moments and I tend to work quickly and vigorously. I don't like to fuss - the spontaneous marks in my work are the rapid impressions that reflect my personal experience of the world. I don't see static trees, rocks, hills and clouds but rather experience the sense of a dark moving shape, the solid embrace of a valley, a fleeting ray of colored light or a pulsing, breathing sky. My ambition is to give the viewer a personal and sensory experience of a changing environment rather than one of static objects within it. I often paint images upside down, an approach which helps eliminate the preconceived notion of the objects, allowing me to focus on composition, tone, color and mood. Standing close to some of my work you may wonder why I chose an odd color here or made a slashing stroke that doesn't quite fit with the notion of what should be in that space. From afar, these marks may unite or blend forms or create the movement that is reflective of a total environmental experience. I view many of my works, particularly those that focus on small confined niches, as windows into the natural world. Above all, I hope to connect you with not just the places I paint but with the emotion and human connection those places inspire.
I was born on a farm in rural Wales and moved to Malibu, California in 1979 at the age of 3. I think my parents couldn't quite handle the hustle and bustle of L.A. despite having found work in the movie industry there. Back then Malibu was a quiet backwater and I spent my youth rambling around the Santa Monica Mountains and an inordinate amount of time barefoot and at the beach. I loved being outside and still do. Part of why I paint is to capture those most cherished places and moments and to bring the outdoors into our homes. My life has taken me on extensive travels to live, work and play and I've always captured those places through painting and photography. Since 2014 I have lived with my wife and two young children in coastal Marin County, California. The beauty of this region is exquisite, and its history as a ranching and farming community has left an indelible pastoral character to the landscape. Combined with the diverse weather, crisp air, rolling hills and mountains, sea cliffs, wetlands and abundant stands of redwoods, oak and eucalyptus, its a veritable playground for any landscape painter. I generally do most of my painting in the studio, from photographs I have taken over the years from Marin as well as other places I have called home around the world.