About

My work takes its inspiration from the natural world and in particular from the fields, woods and hedges near my home. 

 

I paint in egg tempera, mixing the colours and applying them in many layers and glazes intermixed with intense passages of detailed pencil drawing, watercolour and pen and ink. It is a very personal technique – what I depict in my paintings is inextricably entwined with how it is depicted.

 

My work always evolves from loose, abstract beginnings in which I have no pre-conceived idea or composition, allowing myself to be guided by the resulting marks and images which begin to emerge. This is my ‘way in’ to a landscape, where process, materials and subject matter are all emergent and equally dependent on each other, rooted in impression rather than emulation. It is how I tap into a deep-rooted and deep-seated feeling for the landscape which is not only my own but comes from the generations of my family who have farmed and worked on the land.

 

In this way my paintings inevitably evolve very gradually. They usually combine periods spent working outdoors, sometimes for many months, even years, with equally long periods spent in my studio working from memory and imagination. The gradual emergence of an idea through layers of drawing is very important to the way I work and at some level reflects the pace at which nature, both past and present, unfolds. In that sense one might say I am a Romantic in that I find personal expression through the complexities and minutiae of nature with my central aim always to find the hidden pervading spirit of a place.

 

I am acutely aware of the changing nature of the land as it faces such immense pressures from urbanization and global climate change. But equally I am aware, and always in search of, its unchanging and persistent qualities.

 

Education

1987-90 University of Oxford, Ruskin School of drawing, BA Fine Arts

1990-92 Royal College of Art, MA Printmaking

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 ‘The Wood I Know’, Portland Gallery, London
2018 ‘Springlines’, St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Hampshire 

2017 'Palimpsest', Portland Gallery, London 

2015 'Springlines', Glyndebourne Opera House 

2014 'Place and Memory'', Portland Gallery, London 

2012 'Michaelmas Journey', Portland Gallery, London 

2009 'Thinking Places', Portland Gallery, London 

2006 'Stargazing', The London Art Fair and Portland Gallery, London 

2003 'Everyman's Journey', Portland Gallery, London 

2001 'Art 2001', The London Contemporary Art Fair with Portland Gallery, London 

2000 'Earth mountain Rivers', Portland Gallery, London 

1998 'Visions of a Legend', Portland Gallery, London 

1997 'Recent Paintings', Portland Gallery, London 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2021 ‘Being With Trees’, Gustavo Bacarisus Gallery, Gibraltar 

2019 ‘Romantics’, Romantic Art in the 21st century St.Barbe Art Gallery, Hampshire 

2018 ‘Masterpiece’, London with Portland Gallery 

2017 Capture the Castle – British Artists and the Castle from Turner to Le Brun, Southampton City art Gallery with accompanying publication 

2016 Contemporary Painting - The Arborealists, St. Barbe Art Gallery, Lymington with accompanying catalogue 

2016 The Thread of Romanticism in British Art, Southampton City Art Gallery with accompanying catalogue 

2015 The Arborealists, Mottisfont Abbey 

2014 Lyn Painter Stainers Exhibition, London 

2014 The Arborealists, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 

2012 Sunday Times Watercolour Competion, London 

2009 Lyn Painter Stainers Exhibition, London 

1996/2000/2001/2007 BP Portrait Award, London 

Hunting Art Prize 

1999 Discerning Eye Art Prize, London

 

Scholarships and Awards include

 

2006 Official tour artist for HRH Prince of Wales for his visit to Nigeria and Sierra Leone

2001 Official tour artist for HRH Prince of Wales for his visit to Canada 

2001 Official tour artist for HRH Prince of Wales for his visit to Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica 

1999 The Discerning Eye ABN AMRO Award, First Prize 

1994/1996 Scholarship to the Frans Masereel International Print Making Centre, Belgium 

1992-1993 Erna Plachte Fine Art Fellowship, Ruskin School of Drawing, University of Oxford 

1991 Scholarship to Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris