Usually the creative process begins with ideas sparked by any number of things like a weird looking tree, a beautiful flower, a wild creature doing something funny or a plant growing in the wrong place. A childish curiosity of perpetually asking: why? How? What if? Is at the heart of all my creativity. Then a story emerges to answer these questions and usually a character and then finally an image.
Nature, wildlife, myth, fantasy and fairytale are at the heart of my work. Once an idea takes shape and an image emerges I begin sketching to get a rough copy of what is in my mind’s eye. Then I begin thoroughly researching the subject, looking in great depth and detail at all facets of the subject and sifting through what is relevant and what is not. Once I have gathered the information I need, I will return to my sketches and develop them further, including the relevant detail and adapting them. The final drawing is then put onto paper or canvas and then the layers of colours and line are worked on. I enjoy playing with optical mixing and glazes to add to the layers and depth of the work
One painting can take months to complete and because of this I only produce a few originals a year. Fine draughtsmanship and quality is at the core of all my work. Where possible I prefer traditional methods of drawing and painting and enjoy researching and experimenting with old techniques, materials and mediums, then mastering them and incorporating them into my work.
I only use the finest quality materials – Italian hot pressed paper, sable brushes, victorian ink nibs, and 24-carat shell gold. I can be exacting when it comes to producing a print too, and some of the detail cannot be replicated, meaning I have to hand embellish some prints. A unique feature of my work is the love heart that I hide within each piece and which represents where my art comes from: the heart.
I have been lucky enough to have developed a growing number of collectors and my work has made its way into private collections around the world. If you are interested in purchasing any of my work then please contact me directly or go to my art gallery: Wildwood Arts, where my work is on permanent display. The best time to find me at the gallery is on Fridays and Saturdays, but you are welcome to book an appointment at other times, just e-mail me on:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The website is www.wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk