I studied Visual Art at the University of Wales Aberystwyth 1988-91 specialising in photography and painting and writing my dissertation on John Craxton.
My interest in Neo-romanticism grew after I left college and I began to collect books and catalogues about the movement and these artists.
I moved to London in 1992 and continued to paint while working in a record shop and then the Campaign to Protect Rural England for 9 years.
In 2006 I moved back to the Welsh borders to concentrate on my creative work in some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain.
In 2009 I moved back to London and had a studio in Brixton Village. I was involved with the rejuvenation of the market run by Spacemakers, and set up and managed the Brixton Village Gallery between December 2009 and April 2010.
In April 2010 I moved to a new studio in Blackfriars Road, London SE1 and show my work at Skylark 2 in the Oxo Tower on London's Southbank and at Greenwich Printmakers.
When I was sixteen a dragonfly unzipped the landscape in front of me to reveal a vision of the world glowing with energy and life. It was a fleeting glimpse of everything being connected. It filled me with a sense of purpose and power. Through my art I hope to reveal the mystery and spirit that was revealed in those seconds.
The image of the green man began to appear in my work shortly after this experience – composed details of nature making a human face – this image still appears regularly in my work and is the clearest archetypal image demonstrating our interconnectedness with the world around us. My work develops ideas about the relationship of man with the natural world, either with the figure as an integral part of the landscape or being composed of landscape elements.
I identify closely with British neo-romantic artists because to me they found that connection in the rural idyll and the spirit of place. It is when I am immersed in a landscape that I feel most at peace. Where the neo-romantics were escaping from the horrors of war, my pictures are a refuge from the frantic modern world where media and technology conspire against quietude and contemplation. I am not against these advances – the pastoral idyll still co-exists with technology.
I lived in the rolling hills of the mid-Wales/Shropshire borders for 2 years before my move back to London. I found the vision of Samuel Palmer is alive in the British countryside - the moon rises above sheep fields and the lush vegetation twines darkly in old drovers' lanes.
My “Man on a laptop” images in the landscapes section are the expression of this coexistence of the new world with the pastoral and ancient.