Ocean

I am fascinated by the sea! It is powerful, beautiful, terrifying and covers most of our planet. I find the endlessly-varying combinations of waves and wind, light and shade a challenge and delight to paint. Mid-ocean swell, with big waves and then wind-ruffles on top is a complexity I remember from long weeks when it was just eat, sleep, sail the boat, 24/7. Oil paints and sea water don’t mix very well, so I usually work in my studio from photos I’ve taken or sketches made whilst on board. Always from memory, especially the high-energy racing scenes when it was too wild to take photos, but I have the feelings and images imprinted in my mind.