I grew up on a hill farm in the Lake District National Park. This has been a great influence on my art work over the years.
I work mostly in gouache and acrylic, as I love the vibrant colours they produce. They allow me to create fine detail to capture a real likeness for my animal portraits. My favourite subjects are cattle, sheep and horses, although I have painted a wide range of subjects from pet portraits to landscapes and buildings.
I am a self-taught artist. My love of drawing and painting started in early childhood. From something I did as a hobby and for recreation, it has gradually become my vocation.
I spent the first 16 years after leaving school working on the family farm, but a lot of my spare time was spent on my art work. My earliest work was mostly based on the animals I worked with, capturing them in their surrounding countryside. I hope that my time spent working with and observing our livestock shines through in my ability to produce lifelike, natural and vibrant paintings that bring out each animal’s individual characteristics.
I’m lucky to live and work in such a beautiful part of England, where the seasons alter the landscape so dramatically throughout the year. I am never without a wonderful new subject to paint.
I have a gallery/studio at Brougham Hall, near Penrith. Visitors are very welcome to come and view my art work. It’s well worth a visit as Brougham Hall is host to several artists and there is a fabulous cafe within the grounds of the 14th century fortified house which is open all year round. I look forward to meeting you!