My practice begins with drawing, often taking me to wild and wonderful parts of Cornwall, capturing fleeting moments where light and colour create atmosphere and expression. These underpin my largely figurative paintings, which convey a sense of incompleteness; of place and mystery.
I have taught in the UK and the USA, and have painted and drawn for my entire adult life. It is both humbling and inspiring to be part of St Ives School of Painting’s community, with its exceptional artistic heritage and extraordinary location. Teaching has been an invaluable opportunity to share knowledge and techniques and to create with others. It is a privilege to create an environment where students are stimulated and encouraged in their own artistic journeys.
This workshop exposes the structural building blocks of a painting - an ideal foundation for beginners. Begin using sketching to record the landscape of St Ives, followed by tonal studies and an exploration of line and form using acrylic paint - a fun and versatile medium.
This workshop revels in the bounty of materials available to you as a painter. Use differences in texture and viscosity to describe organic coastal forms. Combine sheer washes and sprays with thicker, impasto marks by layering, scraping and saturating, building the dramatic expanse of the sea.
Make your own concertina sketchbook using tinted paper, allowing the shifting sea and sky to unfold freely across the pages. Work gesturally, using charcoal, ink and salt to capture the movement of light, air and water. This workshop gives you a taster of our longer course, Ocean and Abstraction.
Explore how to convey the ocean with its ever shifting moods and colour. Using painting and abstraction, depict your emotional and sensory responses to Porthmeor Beach, just outside our studio. Consider how artists, past and present, have used paint to capture this connection and harness your own senses and memories to create immersive and personal paintings.
Paint en plein air on the cliffs and beaches around St Ives and explore the mood and elemental energy of place. Start by using oil bars and paints outside then develop work back in the studio with brushes, knives and other tools to explore your expressive mark making. An ideal course to experiment and generate lots of ideas.
Make your own concertina sketchbook with your own uniquely designed cover. Use as your canvas for capturing the shifting sea and sky, creating an unfolding panorama flowing freely across the pages. Work gesturally, using conte pastels and ink to capture the movement of light, air and water. Experiment with a range of media and learn how to make your own sketchbook, an inspirational starting point to capturing the world around you. Enjoy exploring artists techniques that will let you rise to the challenge of capturing the constantly shifting mood and personality of the Cornish sea and sky.
Develop a new understanding and confidence in your use of colour. The Bauhaus artist and teacher Johannes Itten contrasted with the more lyrical approach of Winifred Nicholson will be the principal inspiration for this exciting practical course. Benefit from structured exercises, using imagery from inside and outside the studio, to revitalise your studio practice and awaken your eyes to new colour and painterly possibilities.
This workshop revels in the bounty of materials available to you as a painter. Use differences in texture and viscosity to describe organic coastal forms. Combine sheer washes and sprays with thicker, impasto marks by layering, scraping and saturating, building the dramatic expanse of the sea. All materials included.