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I am interested in the primal qualities of being in nature. I immerse myself in the wild places of Devon, to paint en plein air, catching the fleeting, sensory, poetic qualities of light, colour and the raw power and emotion that the elements can bring. But this has often not been easy. Besides the all too obvious challenges of painting, the powerful and subtle archetypal forces of nature both affect and scare me, re-kindling sometimes happy, sometimes fearful childhood memories of roaming alone on farm, fields and countryside, vulnerable to what man, beast, machine and weather may throw at me next.
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. As she explains “ 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 around us, those places to which I would not normally go alone. What I found there was a freedom, a reconnection with the pulse of the land, its wonderful spontaneous rhythms and tempos, the exuberant vitality of nature, and a joy that comes with simply being with what’s happening from the most simple and mundane moment to the most dramatic. I found that paradoxically there are indeed 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.
 
 
 
Dancing Light,
Mixed media on paper
£460
 
 
 
Dancing Day
Mixed media on panel
£320
 

Singing Soaring Skylarks 1
Mixed media on paper 
£320


Singing Soaring Skylarks 2
Mixed media on paper 
£320
 
 
 
After the Storm
Mixed media on panel
£320
 
 
 
 Close to Heaven
Mixed media on panel
£320
 
 
 
Breaking day
Mixed on panel
£320
 
 
 Heat of the day 1
Mixed media on panel
£320
 
 
 
Heat of the day 2
Mixed media on panel
£320
 
 
 
Dreaming the day away
Mixed media on paper
£320
 
 
 
Kaleidoscope day
Mixed media on paper
£320
 
 
 
 Glimpses of delight
Mixed media on paper
£320
 
 

 
"Where the Skylark Sings"
mixed media on paper
£320



"Through the mists of time"
mixed media on paper
£320



"Luminous light"
mixed media on paper
£320



"Mists of mire"
mixed media on paper
£320



"Seize the day" 
mixed media on paper
£360




"Distant paths"
mixed media on paper
£320






"As clouds drift by"
mixed media on paper
£320





" In the wild"
mixed media on paper
£320
 
 



 
 
 
 
"Dancing Shadows above the Dart, Hembury"
mixed media on paper
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
SOLD
 
 
 
"Queen of the Dart, Hembury." 
mixed media on paper
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
SOLD
Collection of Mrs Shirley Phillips.

 
 
 
"A Kingfisher swooped by, Hembury"
mixed media on paper.
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
SOLD
Collection of Mr/s Peter and Penny Goodchild.
 
 
 
"Dartmoor Day, Saddle Tor"
mixed media on board
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
£325
 
 
 
 
 "Dimpsy Light, Hembury"
mixed media on board
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
£340
 
 
 
 
"Listening to the water, above the Dart"
mixed media on paper
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
SOLD
Collection of Mrs Adrienne Blake.
 
 
 " Splash"
mixed media on board.
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
SOLD
Collection of Mrs Stephanie Powell.
 
 
 "Dartmor Reaves"
mixed media on board.
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
£340
 
 
 

 
"Dancing light, river dart, Staverton"
mixed media on board.
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
£280
 
 
 
 
"Dart in spate, Horseshoe Falls"
mixed media on paper.
Collaboration with Jane Ellis
SOLD
Collection of Annie           .


 
"Sea Form" mixed media on paper.
Collaboration with Rachael Bennett.


 
 
"Dancing down, Horseshoe Falls"
mixed media on board.
£160


 

"Summer Serenity"
Mixed media on paper
SOLD
Collection of Mr David Delfont



"Summer Serenity II"
Mixed media on paper.
SOLD
Collection of Mr David Delfont.

 

 
"Sea Fret"
Acrylic on canvas.
(private collection)
 
 
 
"Sea Haze"
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD
 
 
"Summer Haze"
mixed media on canvas.
(private collection)



 
 
Summer Storm
mixed media
SOLD
Collection of Mr/s Tilly and Lewis Williams
 
 
 
 
"Cornfield"
mixed media on canvas
Private collection.


 
"Mel Tor"
mixed media
SOLD
Collection of Mrs Jane Chilvers.
 

 
 
 
 "Garden"
mixed media on canvas
(private collection)


 
 
"Green Growing Light"
Oil on canvas
SOLD
Collection of Mr/s Nick and Alison Penwell
 
 

 
 
"Moor Edge View"
mixed media on paper
SOLD
 
 
"Moor Edge View 2"
mixed media on paper.
SOLD
 






































    


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.