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.
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 places of Dartmoor and the coast. What I found there was freedom, through reconnection with the pulse of the land, it's wonderfully spontaneous rhythms and tempos and the exuberant vitality of nature. And alongside that, a joy in simply being with what's continually emerging, from the most simple and mundane moment to the most dramatic. I found that there are indeed at least a thousand names for joy.
Finalist in the Devon Life Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 competition.















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.