I've been painting the natural world and wildlife for over 25 years
I live and work from my Devon cottage on the edge of Exmoor's National Park, where wildlife encounters are my inspiration.
My observation and photographs and quick sketches, reveal the fleeting moment of a subjects character and appearance, colour combinations, and fall of light.
I begin with a loosely planned design, in a soft B and medium F pencil for detail.
The watercolour paper I use is St Cuthberts, Saunders Waterford exquisite paper in either HP, or CP(NOT) heavyweight.
Its 100% cotton, acid free and watermarked, with beautiful deckle edges.
Watercolours are my chosen media, although I've worked in many other mediums, it's watercolour that's my first love.
Its the way the water flows within the pigments, it evolves through subsequent layers of colours, as I correct or embellish, using my own distinctive style of combining the highly detailed with fluidity, this I have developed over the years.
It's always magical to watch you subject come to life with your pencils, paints and brushes