A fascination with light and shadow, reflection and refraction, pattern and water movement drives the minimalist abstraction in my paintings of real landscape. I take the contemporary search for the sublime to the extreme of simplicity. Countering an information-saturated culture where little is unknown or unexplored, the paintings create an impression of something familiar yet out of reach and indescribable. The image overwhelms with pure sensation.
Juxtaposed with atmospheric effect, my “Sea” paintings represent striking geological rock formations on the English coast, from the deep dark shales of Black Nab in Yorkshire to the brilliant white chalk of the Pom Pom on the Isle of Portland. Solidity and form is framed by colour and light.
My “Stone” series are pure drawings giving more prominence to the linear nature of the landscape. The geology drawings naturally evolved from the coast paintings to include sea rocks, cliffs, and even fossils. They experiment with line and tone to explore the geological processes and history of the coastal landscapes.
As an American-British artist, I identify very strongly with the English tradition for seascape painting while still retaining a certain “midwestern” eye for landscape with flat perspective and vast open spaces. Born in Chicago, after 25 years in Britain I finally found my way to Yorkshire and now work from my studio in Scarborough. Half artist, half scientist, I bring my academic knowledge of geology and astronomy to the artwork – aiming to capture the mechanics of light and the visual patterns of sedimentary processes.
My work has been shown at galleries across the country and is collected internationally. I’ve had the honour to exhibit with the Pastel Society, Royal Society of Marine Artists, the National Maritime Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, at the Derwent Art Prize, and galleries on Cork Street. Projects have included astronomy drawing workshops with the Essex Wildlife Trust, a drawing residency on the New Jersey coast, painting residency on the Newfoundland coast, and time at the National Maritime Museum using their historic Camera Obscura.