Before moving to Thanet in 2011, I realised it was essential that I find good studio space. It proved quite a difficult task.
I considered many possibilities before finding The Pie Factory Studios in Margate. These purpose built studios were superior to any of the other spaces I had visited but unfortunately were fully occupied at that time. I put my name on the waiting list and after a year, I was in. The studio is secure, light and very thoughtfully equipped, with hot water, a practical sink and an abundance of electrical points. Tim and Janet have created good and sympathetic working areas and these well managed units are ideally situated in Margate’s old town, just minutes away from the sea front and The Turner Centre.
Moving to my new studio in Margate, it was inevitable I suppose that I would be influenced by the sea. Gradually, I began to work on small, figurative seascapes, generally on a 50cm by 50cm format, in oils and acrylics. At this time, my main concerns were with the effects of light and movement on the sea. Imperceptibly and the more I became involved in these paintings, the more I realised my concerns were shifting and the content was becoming more parred down and Minimalist. They still relate to the sea but my main concern now is with the surface of the painting.
Presently, I am experimenting on small format mixed media works which I hope to develop into larger paintings later on.
Recent exhibitions include, The Conrad , Brussels, The Accessible Art Fair, Brussels and in May of last year, The Stark Gallery, Canterbury.