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Golden harvest fields, churches silhouetted against the warm honeyed light of the setting sun and abundantly colourful flowers and gardens are the subjects which delight me. The rich texture of the oil paint describes the joy of a petal caught in the light against a deep shadow or the swirl of golden barley beneath a brilliant blue sky. I always complete my oil paintings in front of the subject in order to absorb the essence of the experience. I enjoy painting on a small scale. I paint mostly in North Norfolk being inspired by the blue silhouette of Blakeney Church on the skyline, beyond creamy white elderflower bushes and ripening barley fields or seen up a track which has pink purple mallow spilling over it. I also paint the glorious harvest fields with straw bales, around Cambridge. I studied at The Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting in London where I was taught by Bernard Dunstan RA and Diana Armfield RA and other painters working in the tradition of the Camden Town Group.