Photograph by Andrew Fitzgibbon: https://fitzgibbonphotography.com/
I am an artist on my final 2nd year course studying for my BA (Hons) Painting degree with the Open College of the Arts, the distance learning arm of the University for the Creative Arts.
I work exclusively from plein air sketches and never take photographs. Back in the studio I play with different painting styles to produce dreamlike or patterned surfaces that highlight the gap between the paintery surface and observed nature.
This gap prompts questions about where we create beauty and the commodification of nature.
Painting with oil feels like I'm simultaneously sculpting clay and working with light.
Fen Drayton Tree, Autumn, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 x 2 cm, 2020