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I am interested in exploring the primal qualities of being in nature and the elements. I immerse myself in the wild places of Dartmoor, the coast and countryside, to paint en plein air, catching the fleeting, sensory, poetic qualities of light and colour and the
raw power and emotion that nature and the elements bring. 

In author Byron Katie's book "A Thousand Names for Joy, how to live in harmony with the way things are" she writes of going beyond thoughts to experience simply what is, "Reality is simple... it's whatever's in front of you, whatever is happening. When you argue with it you lose. It hurts not to be a lover of what is." Embracing this concept I set out to explore the secluded Moor and coastlines of the South West.  What I found there was a reconnection with the pulse of the land, it's wonderful spontaneity, rhythms and tempos, an exuberant vitality and the joy that comes with simply being with what's happening, from the most mundane to the most dramatic. There may indeed be a thousand names for Joy!

Finalist in the Devon Life Landscape Artist of the Year 2017
competition.




 










 

 
 





 

 


























































 
 

 
 
 
 
  
 

 
 
 


















             

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
                    

                Praying.

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
 
a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
 
Mary Oliver.