Sketchbooks

My paintings are produced in the studio, but always originate from live encounters with the landscape. I spend a lot of time out in nature, whether swimming in rivers, walking in woodland or climbing to hilltop viewpoints.

 

I produce rapid gestural sketches during these excursions, as well as taking photographs and short videos. Sometimes a painting develops directly from one preparatory image; other pieces evolve from a number of sketches and compositions, or from memory.

 

Drawing is central to my practice, and my instinctive and vigorous mark-making in sketchbooks is often scaled up for the resulting paintings.

 

This page features a selection of recent sketchbook entries, which I hope provide some insight into how I work towards a 'finished' painting. 

South from Leith Hill

South from Leith Hill

Pen & ink on paper

End to End (Fonthill Lake)

End to End (Fonthill Lake)

Pen & ink on paper

Somerset Levels From Burrow Mump

Somerset Levels From Burrow Mump

Pen & ink on paper

Lilies on the Far Bank. Slow River, Gentle Shimmer

Lilies on the Far Bank. Slow River, Gentle Shimmer

Pen & ink on paper

Wey Meander

Wey Meander

Pen & ink on paper

Deep Bank (Curving River Wey)

Deep Bank (Curving River Wey)

Pen & ink on paper

Across Fonthill Lake

Across Fonthill Lake

Pen & ink on paper

Big Cloud (Coombe Hill, Late August)

Big Cloud (Coombe Hill, Late August)

Pen & ink on paper

Light on the Wey

Light on the Wey

Pen & ink on paper