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I am a self-taught artist. I work primarily in oil, but I also use watercolor and ink. From childhood, I have been fascinated by nature and have been driven to explore and describe it through art.
I grew up in Norfolk, England, relocating to California in 2002. It is now an ocean away, but the bleak yet beautiful landscape I left behind still informs much of my work. Although my new surroundings are a source of inspiration, those things that remind me of home, such as a birch tree in a garden, have a special emotional pull. I frequently return to Norfolk and this renews my connection to the land. Yet it also exists within me. It has become an internal landscape; a topography that maps my feelings for nature and home.
I am interested in the cycles of nature: the rise and fall of the seasons and the tides; the tension between the mutable and the perpetual, between the transitory life of a single bird, or tree and the continuity and strength of the species as a whole; the endless repetition of feather and leaf.
For me, nature is a separate yet parallel world. I am perhaps most interested in the quiet presence of this world, where it touches our everyday one, rather than in nature at its most grand and dramatic. An open tilled field, a roadside patch of grass, familiar birds such as crows and sparrows, all are endlessly rich in beauty and meaning when we turn to look.
Despite its closeness, this world is still a mysterious one. There is a sense of the unknowable and "other" that can border, even in our modern times, on the magical. Animals, birds and the land itself seem to be part of an ancient consciousness as they respond to the secret rhythms of nature. Trees come into bud. Migrating birds form orchestrated patterns in the sky. The tide ebbs and flows. This is a world with its own unfathomable language of shapes patterns and nuances. My paintings are an attempt to listen to this language.
There is a dialogue between people and nature. We respond to it emotionally, finding moods, feeling, and purpose in its complex patterns. Nature is woven through our myths and folklore where animals, birds, trees, and landscape take on a depth of consciousness, a soulfulness that transcends their physicality. I like to think I am part of this tradition.
New Work at LOLA Berkeley, CA, Spring 2011
Softly Falling Gallery Belljar, San Francisco, December 2009 – January 2010
Mist, Snow, Feather & Thorn H. Julien Designs, Berkeley, October – November 2009
Land/Sea Modernbook Gallery, Palo Alto, April-May 2009
Recent Works in Oil, August, Oakland, November 2008
Texture and Time, The Gardener, Berkeley, July, 2007
Bird & Branch, Swallowtail, San Francisco, November-December, 2006
Wood, Earth, & Sky, The Gardener, Berkeley, March-April, 2006
Welcome to the Garden, ACCI, Berkeley, June, 2005
Aspects of Nature, Swallowtail, San Francisco, April, 2005
Vessel, Rayon Vert, San Francisco, November, 2004.
The Aviary, Sub Rosa Salon des Arts, San Francisco, July, 2004.
Ongoing Exhibits of Original Work and Prints
Lola, 2950 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA
The Gardener, 1836 4th St., Berkeley, CA
Philippa Roberts, 4176 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA
H Julien Designs, 1798 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Retailers (Prints, Greetings Cards)
San Francisco: Paxton Gate; The Candy Store; The Bell Jar; Books Inc
East Bay: The Gardener; Lola, Spectator Books; The Bone Room; Pegasus/Pendragon; H. Julien Designs; Diesel Books; Philippa Roberts; Book Zoo; A Great Good Place for Books; H Julien Designs, Mrs Dalloways
UK: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London; The Flint Gallery, Blakeney, Norfolk; The Bell Jar, Norwich, Norfolk
Other locations: Liave, Seattle, WA; Flower Power, Point Reyes, CA; Museum Oberlin, Strasbourg, France
UK: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London; and Inanna's Festival, Norwich, Norfolk; the Bell Jar, Norwich, Norfolk; The Flint Gallery, Norfolk