I was born in Newcastle, raised in South Shields and now living in Darlington. I love to draw the industrial and urban landscape of the North embedded in some of the best countryside in England.
I am a trained architectural technician. I use my understanding of how buildings work and construction drawing techniques to inform my work in the urban environment. I have recently become a member of the Society of Architectural Illustrators.
I strongly believe in leaving space in a painting. I find drawing every leaf on every tree or even, every tree isn’t necessary, it’s not about documenting everything in front of you. I like to give the viewer the opportunity to fill in the blanks for themselves and engage with the painting.
For prep sketches I use Moleskine or Etchr Lab watercolour sketchbooks, my favourite Kaweco Sports fountain pen with Kaweco water soluble inks in various colours, supported by two small travel palettes of Daniel Smith artist quality half pans. One palette contains colours selected by Liz Steel. Liz shared her research on Instagram. Her palette works so well for me.
For finished pieces I use 0.05, 0.1, 0.5 & 0.8mm Uni Pin fineliners and other pens such as Uni Posca markers, a Sailor Fude 55, Pilot Parallel pens and the ubiquitous Lamy Safari.
I use Daniel Smith artist quality tube watercolours and a beautiful Kremer Pigments palette of 14 monochrome colours ranging from Titanium White to Furnace Black.
My paper of choice is Saunders Waterford 140lb Rough. However, for my Landscape Artist of the Year piece at Loch Fyne, I used a sheet of Arches 300lb Rough, which I use every now and then.
I’m not very precious about brushes which, I know, will horrify most artists. However, I was kindly given a set of Cass Art sable brushes at Loch Fyne. I’ve been using them ever since and they are great.