Having illustrated some of the horrors that beset us in the past, I’m now seeking the peace, beauty and tranquillity of nature before it is all lost with the pressures of the modern world. Many things have already gone and, sadly, the rest are destined to become features of theme parks.
Depending on the time, weather, and light, my approaches vary as to how I apply brushed paint to paper. I don’t always adhere to the traditional way of watercolour painting, but treat each subject on it’s own merits.
I prefer working out of doors. To loosen up, I often start drawing in pen, treating the foreground – flowers, animals, people, first with aquarelle pastels before the petals drop off or they move. These can then be absorbed or left with the bright colour effect when I apply pure watercolours.