I use my artwork to capture my memories of the landscape. My main intent is to create atmosphere, emotion and movement from my experience outdoors. I am interested in observing natural compositions and the effect that the light, weather and atmosphere have on the colours and the organic shapes of the raw landscape. When painting, I like to imagine what it would be like to be the elements, which helps me connect with the subject. My most recent paintings are based on a winter journey through Glandyfi looking out to the snow over the Tarrenau and the Aran Mountains, exploring paint application and allowing the paint to reveal the landscape and create a sense of place.
I enjoy re-imagining the landscape through my eyes and tend to eliminate mentions of mankind. I often feel insignificant in relation to the natural world and I aim to show the power and beauty of nature alone. My current work is starting to shift towards Abstraction, and I have always been interested in the area where both Abstraction and Representation meet. I class my ongoing work as semi-abstract as both abstraction and representation play equal roles in the paintings.
I continue to be inspired by American Tonalism, and the subtleties to the works and admire the colour pallets and the intense dark to light contrasts that create depth. I love how a single mark can make all the difference to a painting, as well as how paint can create an image without having to give all the answers. I particularly appreciate the work of James Abbott McNeil Whistler, for his ability to create mood and atmosphere with minimal means while allowing the paint, and marks made to live. I enjoy the puzzle of painting, reworking compositions and letting the paint reveal an image. I am currently looking at creating distance in my work through paint application, where a subtle drip of paint can help move the eye around the image, and I hope to resolve these ideas I am exploring in my future work.
2019- MA Degree Show, May 2019. School of Art, Aberystywyth Wales.
2019- RCA Open Exhibition 2019, Royal Cambrian Academy. Conwy, Wales.
2018- Mid Wales Art Centre
2018- Extravaganza. Independent Student Exhibition, Open House. Aberystwyth, Wales.
2018- Degree Show, School of Art. Aberystwyth Wales.
2018- Mynd House. Church Stretton, England.
2016- RCA, The Open & Young Wales, 2016. Royal Cambrian Academy. Conwy, Wales.
2015- A-level Show. Oldbury Wells School. Bridgnorth, England.
Welsh Young Art Piece, 2016. Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy.
Aberystwyth School of Art 2019, MA ( Present )
Aberystwyth School of Art 2018, BA