Artist Statement

My work is mainly concerned with the exploration of the landscape, particularly of estuaries and industrial sites, and more recently of the Burgundian landscape.

I am interested in the layering of experiences seen and felt.

Mood, atmosphere, weather and a sense of place all affect the way in which I approach a painting.


I have a different sketchbook for different subject matters. Mostly I create washes over the paper so that I am not faced with a white sheet and it gives me something to work against.

Drawing is done to note the weather, texture and mood and I take photographs as an aid to construction. Back in the studio, I like to create a surface of washes, marks and textures before I begin to construct a painting using hog hair brushes, palette knives and sandpaper.


  • Born Sunderland, Co. Durham
  • Lives in Yorkshire and London
  • 1960 – 1964 York School of Art
  • 1964 – 1967 Royal Academy Schools


  • David Murray Landscape Scholarship
  • Landseer Scholarship
  • Royal Academy Silver Medal for Drawing
  • Royal Academy Silver Medal for Painting
  • 2016: The Escoda Barcelona Award for an outstanding landscape


  • 1967 – 1979 Regularly shown work in Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions
  • 1979 Elected member of Royal Society of British Artists
  • 1981 Bath Festival of Contemporary Art
  • 1982 – 1999 Appointed Lecturer in Printmaking, Putney School of Art
  • 2002 Northumbria University Gallery, small picture show
  • 2003 Solo show Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  • 2005 RASA group show, York University
  • 2008 RAC Club watercolour show, London
  • 2009 North and South Light group show, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  • 2011 Artist in Residence, Ritz Cinema Thirsk
  • 2011 Solo show, Putting on the Ritz
  • 2016 Eton College exhibition
  • 2016 Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters Annual Exhibition