A passion for gardens, gardening and Caribbean beaches inspire my paintings.
Drawn to the harmony, order and chaos of nature, I create paintings that convey the sensory experience of landscape and flora, garden and beach.
Composing surface texture and colour, I work to interpret the rhythms and patterns of nature that surround me. I layer oil paint, scrape it down and revise my composition over time until a fusion of imagination, understanding, feeling and experience emerges to evoke a unique sense of place.
The beach treasure paintings evolved from a painting diary I began about a year ago to record items of interest collected from the beach on Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
These items are odds and ends, both organic and man-made – beach detritus to some, but treasures to me. I choose them to assemble a variety of shapes, colours and textures, often including shells, wood, coral, stones and plant matter. Just as often however, I pick up real detritus, plastic, metal and rope as a reminder that everything we discard sooner or later comes back to us.