Gouache and oil paintings of gardens and rural landscapes.
I have always immersed myself in art. My Great Grandfather, WB Gelder was a Royal Academician and supported his family by painting. My mother set up easels for us to play with paint and charcoal almost before we could walk!
At first I followed my father and qualified as an Architect setting up a partnership in Brighton. I believe this discipline in design underpins my sense of light, space, composition and proportion. Later on I took a PGCE in Art and Design and taught art and photography at a large Comprehensive school in East Sussex. During this time I attended many painting courses and visited hundreds of exhibitions. I learnt all the rules and then I discovered how to break them!
I now prioritise time and energy to developing and expressing my own work. I take inspiration from walking locally, gardens and travelling. I tend to begin by working observationally playing with mark making and gouache. I then progress to abstracting shapes and simplifying the form in oil. Quite simply I love layering paint and the clash between contrivance and accident.