What inspires me...
Everybody who paints needs to develop and change.
One cannot reproduce exactly the same stuff...it becomes meaningless ...one grows...the aims don't change.. the desire to paint a better picture is there for ever. And it never is good enough! One just lives in hope that one day it will be good enough....
What I paint...
I never saw myself as a landscape painter.
I had the usual classical art education-anatomy,life drawing,sculpture,history of art ,history of architecture.
My first love is the ballet and the theatre. I worked as artist in residence for theatres and a few national trust properties.
I developed a swift method of working to capture movement and atmosphere necessary for such ...working on paper.
Since I started painting landscapes I've found the same excitement I had with movement in the changing light and atmosphere .
I'm in love with colour and texture.
Where I paint....
After several sad winters in England and the desperate lack of light my thoughts turned to seeking a studio in the sun.
We stumbled upon a delightful city called Caiazzo in Campania. There was a slight problem initially since neither of us could speak a word of Italian but now, after ten years, we can and our house with its studio allows me to concentrate away from distractions.
The olive trees, the view of distant mountains and a river are inspirational and calming. Our neighbours are welcoming and discrete although they very possibly think we are a little mad !
Why I paint..
'Every painting starts with excitement and trepidation... The selection and anxiety of capturing the essence of the subject is both terrifying and delightful. Then one loses one's self in the painting...
total absorption ...and the fear. Perhaps I'm being too particular... What if I'm painting a pastiche.. How do I make this say something different? Other painters have faced this before me and I shan't be the last...I have to decide when it is finished and that, as all painters know, is the most difficult of all decisions..'