This is a selection of my art work, which I've used on merchandise available for sale both online and at shows where I exhibit.
A Pair of Badgers
After finding an active badger set I waited patiently during mid- summer evenings in the forest walkway. I was fortunate to capture a small family of badgers at play. They are such fleeting creatures and a great challenge to paint. I have used mostly monochrome in this painting to capture the atmosphere of twilight and dusk of an English wood in mid- summer .
I love painting donkeys and this painting was no exception. I love to quickly sketch them between rides as they wait for the children. They have such expressive eys and I strive to capture their quiet resignation. Donkeys are such strong characters and I always challenge myself to bring out each personality when painting them. My sudio is by the sea and it is a great place to be in the summer months when the donkeys are working on the beach.
Fallow Deer with Young
I love painting fallow deer and this nothing more evocative of maternal care, than a mother and her fawn. I wanted this painting to have a loose and free feel to it. I like the watercolour to work with me in capturing the delicate and subtle tonal values without evoking a sentimental mood.
Hare - Ready for anything
Several years ago I visited Peter Hicks in His Danby Studio on the North Yorkshire Moors. He informed me that there was a field of hares just beyond his house up towards Danby Visitors Centre. I later found out that the best time to catch the hares at play, is late afternoon. I was able to photograph quite a few hares and this is one of my favourites. I managed to caputure him in profile seconds before he took flight and was gone.
Portrait of a Hare
I painted this hare from visits I made to fields just above Danby in the North Yorkshire Moors. I also saw several within the Danby Visitor’s Centre. This particular hare looked straight at me from above a clump of thistles. I wanted to capture his startled yet quizzical expression. This painting was taken from quick sketches which I then developed in my studio.
Roe Deer - On the Move
As I was walking the dogs passed Home Farm on my way to High Cliff, a statled roe deer bolted from a small copse into open fields. He gave me a quick sideways glance and was off towards Roseberry Topping. Fortunately, I was able to quickly capture the moment on my phone. I wanted to capture the serenity and supple movement of the stag as he leapt through the fields to make his escape. I used watercolour to keep the painting and movement fluid.
The Amber Hare
I noticed that this particular hare had beautiful yellow ochre coloured eyes. I studied him through my binoculars for quite a white as I wanted to capture the esscence of him and his proud stance. The late afternoon caught a beautiful amber glow in his usually dull fur. He looked so vibrant that I decided to title the painting “The Amber Hare”
The Fallow Deer
I have yet to see a fallow deer in North Yorkshire, but I have been fortunate to see them in Lincolnshire. I saw this beautiful deer standing in the dark shadows in a wooded walkway. They stand so still and quiet, that it is difficult to detect them. I love the delicate colouring and bone structure and I feel that placing them in isolation without the background and foliage, shows off their beautiful form in strong relief. I broke the pigmentation on the deer’s back to give it a lovely dappled effect.
The inquisitive Fawn
I love the simplicity of this painting. In his natural environment and partially hidden in the undergrowth, this painting would not have had such an impact as it has. The fawn was nibbling at an overhanging branch and was standing in deep shadows. I placed him on a stark background so we are able to enjoy the delicate bone structure of the fawn’s legs and the subtle colouration of his camouflage.
The Laughing Fox
Foxes are such intelligent and opportunistic creatures. I aimed to capture these traits in my paintings. RSPB Salthome, which is a little oasis in the midst of heavy industry in the North East of England, offers great opportunities to capture foxes in the natural environment. It is one of my favourite places for sketching and photographing wildlife. After many observational sketches, I used a loose watercolour technique to capture the nature of this laughing fox.