40 x 60cm Oils on Panel. This Wild Salmon has returned from the Atlantic to spawn in the river Wye, where I work with the Wye and Usk Foundation. Layers of oil paint and glazes create an impression of riverweed an shallow reflections. The strong tail, which the female uses to clear pebbles and gravel to make a bed in which to lay her eggs, is highlit with a gold glaze. She will use all her strength to fulfil this biological need and may die afterwards from injury and exhaustion. One of nature’s self-sacrificial efforts at regeneration. If only humans would desist from hindering.
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I have exhibited in London, Brighton, York, Edinburgh, Mallorca.
I use my own technique, developed from the Japanese Gyotaku tradition of the 18th Century, which was a way of recording fsh catches. Instead of using ink and rice paper, I work with gesso, oils, glazes and pigment on canvas.
I begin a piece on location. I have travelled mainly to South America (Cuba, Colombia, Uruguay) to work with local fishermen. But I also enjoy working around Britain and, indeed, wherever I happen to be. I find amazing fish from all over the world in Brixton Market, London. Pictures are finished in my Studios in London and Oxfordshire.
Before becoming a painter, I worked for many years as a freelance journalist, covering human interest features around the world. I pursue that curiosity in my art. We are emptying the oceans and killing out fish species before we know anything much about them: how they communicate, how they create and use colour, where they go, how they reproduce. I am finding out so much as I work with these mysterious creatures. I channel my research into my work. Each piece has its own story to tell. When you buy a work from me, you will also be given that story.
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