My attachment to the landscapes of the moors and wild places of northern Britain, rekindled by the raw tussock lands of the Maniototo, have given me a feeling of connectedness with the land on which I now live.
A few years ago, after moving to Naseby, I discovered a watercolour drawing by Rita Angus entitled “Sketch for Central Otago (Naseby) 1953.” This was clearly sketched from the lower Kyeburn Diggings and shows Mt Kyeburn in the background. The mountain is unchanged - it could have been sketched today - apart from the passing of clouds and seasons. I felt, on seeing this painting, a delightful feeling of recognition and belonging: an anchor point of familiarity. For me this is one of the many pleasures of art in general and, perhaps, landscape paintings in particular, and one which I strive to realise in my paintings.
I have exhibited in the UK and continue to exhibit in New Zealand, and enjoy experimenting with new techniques, whether in landscapes, portraits or anything in between. I would describe my art as impressionistic and many of my landscapes are pointillistic in style. My perennial preoccupation is the attempt to capture a moment in time of particular panache, richness or quirkiness - as when an astonishing cloud, shadow or fall of light passes over this land of big skies and mountains.
I am part of the Central Otago Arts Trail and a member of the Otago Art Society and welcome visitors to my studio.