Paintings and Drawings inspired by Architecture and Nature
Once upon a time….
.....as a child I remember being fascinated by the grandeur and scale of old stately buildings. Memories of looking up at the ornate plaster work and crystal chandeliers twinkling in the sunlight has made a lasting impressions. To this day, I am still thrilled by the experience upon entering a grand house and travelling back to a bygone time.
As an artist I like to discover the nature or history of a place through its shapes, forms and textures. This inspiration can range from the rich architectural wood and marble carvings in local historic buildings, to the natural beauty of the Chiltern countryside. Buildings of the past provide a rich treasure trove of antiquity, which I like to sketch and paint in watercolour.
Recently, I have enjoyed the many visitors to the garden ..... squirrels and garden birds have refocused my interest in nature and its many shapes and forms.
My work in graphite pencil and watercolour attempts to show nature's beauty, along with an interest in how animals and birds have been capyured in wood carvings from past times. Combined with architectural elements, I like to create dramatic and imaginative compositions, having fun with the perspective. Although ideas are initially planned out, the final piece will often take on a life of its own, with the media often deciding the textures and final piece.