British Landscape Paintings
I’m a Lancashire artist inspired by the landscape of the West Pennine Moors. I love this area’s changing seasons, misty hills, high grassland and deeply wooded cloughs. The changing light and variable weather provide a new challenge every day. The Pennines are a contrast of wild and uninhabited moors and busy, industrial towns and painting them is a constant challenge but it’s a challenge that I relish. My paintings are a way of exploring the landscape visually; understanding how it works, why the colours are so beautiful, and why the whole landscape is so much more than the sum of its parts.
I’m mesmerised by the effects of light: how sunlight breaks through clouds, how the rain clouds bring drama to the high moorland landscape. Colours amaze me: subtle greys and pale misty tints in the woods in the rain, the fresh green of new leaves in the spring, the contrasting reds, orange and blues of a dramatic sunset over the sea. Faces and figures intrigue me: strangers, portraits of loved-ones and relatives, and quick sketches of fellow passengers on the train. If I can capture the essence of these things in my paintings, I’m very, very happy!
Paintings of Lancashire
I was born in Bolton, Lancashire and still live here on the edge of the moors. So this is where I feel most at home, and it’s this Landscape that inspires most of my paintings. As you browse this site you’ll see lots of paintings based in the Lancashire area: Bolton, Horwich, Rivington, Chorley, Tockholes, Adlington are all represented in my paintings.
Paintings of Yorkshire
I keep going back to Whitby, a favourite location of mine for painting. The beach and the harbour are perfect for my style of paintings – blending traditional seaside, working harbour, abbey and characterful old ‘yards’. I visit regularly and every visit inspires more paintings.
As most of my paintings are based in the landscape, I spend a lot of time outside, just walking and sketching. Back in the studio I usually work in oils or acrylic paint on traditional canvas or smooth MDF panels, starting with a smooth surface and building up layers of luscious paint. The way I paint is very laid back – I seldom pre-plan my paintings and I usually just ‘go with the flow’ but I do work slowly and build layers of paint over an initial sketch – often revising and removing previous layers of paint. As the painting progresses, I add details and constantly adjust the colours, tones and shapes so that slowly but surely the image emerges from chaos.
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If you can’t find the ideal painting for you on this site, but like the type of paintings I create, why not commission me to create a painting for you? In the past, I’ve painted favourite views, holiday seascapes, memorable portraits – even much-loved pets. The prices for commissions are broadly the same as the prices you see for my other paintings – between £150 and £400 depending on the size and complexity of the subject matter. The process is simple: once we’ve agreed on the subject and price I email you lots of photographs of the new painting ‘in progress’ and I welcome comments and suggestions as the painting develops. When we’re both happy with the result I can either send you the painting unframed, or I can get the painting framed for you.
Painting the sea is a real joy. I’ve often painted scenes like the seascape above. Blackpool is a favourite, but also Whitby and the Welsh coastline along the Llyn Peninsula in the north and Pembrokeshire in the south. The sea has drama, light and shade, Punch and Judy, ice cream and sunshine. When I paint a seascape I’m always trying to capture the movement of light on the sea because this movement never stops – it’s a constantly changing battle between nature, which never wants to stay constant, and the painitng, which is of its very nature a motionless freeze-frame capturing of a single moment, perhaps from a single hour within a single day. Of course I never truly ‘win’ the battle, but sometimes I’m nevertheless happy with the painted result!
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Born in Bolton, Lancashire, I’ve been selling online since the late 1990s and hundreds of my paintings have been sold to collectors worldwide. My studio is in Horwich. I’m married with three children.