July Open Studios
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When my long architectural career came to a close in 2012 I took-up life drawing and subsequently painting, as a natural consequence of my life-long interest in the visual arts. In 2002 my wife and I purchased a former farmland site in Toft enabling us to design and build a house with a small integral architectural studio that I now use for painting and drawing. The new location led to historical and archaeological investigation of settlement in the Bourne Valley. The well-documented exposition of agricultural use and field patterns from prehistoric times, is evident on the ground to this day in the survival of ancient field boundaries and ways. My artistic interest was directed at painting representations of the local landscape which later extending to sites in the Cam Valley, highlighting motifs from Toft through Granchester Meadows to the unique fenland of Sheeps Green and Coe Fen in the heart of the City of Cambridge. Regular visits to Suffolk and recent painting campaigns to St. Ives, Cornwall; Provence; the Limousin and Rance estuary have provided landsacape images. In my (self-taught) work I use charcoal and acrylic, and latterly, oil bar, oil pastels and oil paint used ingularly or in combination.