My detailed paintings are both fantasy and acutely observed reality.
I choose to paint scenes that are familiar to me : part of everyday life and inspiration
Although at first glance the realism of a scene makes an impact, look further and they suffuse with a quality of 'hyper – reality'.
My paintings became a reaction against the minimalism of the late 1960's and early 1970's. The reverence to Ad Reinhardt's black canvases which had no colour , texture,
no subject matter. Where could I go from there? I saw no direction so went to the other extreme and began painting every leaf on a tree, every blade of grass and now every pebble on the Chesil Beach.
I studied at St. martins School of Art in London and after at the West Of England College of Art in Bristol, with David Inshaw RA and Alfred Stockham WRA.
I graduated in 1972 with a degree in Fine Art and after working in London for six years doing various jobs: such as technical illustration, selling chest expanders in Harrods and running a Hamburger restaurant in Notting Hill Gate, I moved to Bruton in Somerset to paint full time.
This was the beginning of my long career of many one woman and mixed exhibitions
Many of my paintings have been reproduced as greetings cards , book, CD and magazine covers.
Most of my entire collection of paintings can be seen in the Bridgeman Art Library www.bridgemanimages.com who licence my secondary copyright in London, New York, Paris and Berlin.
Now living on Portland, which has very few trees, I have turned my attention to pebbles on the beach. It is such a very special place to live, the light, the people, and Portland anchors the stunning sweep of the Chesil Beach.
It is now my constant source of inspiration with its changing shape, colour and moods. So instead of painting every blade of grass I am painting every pebble.