I am a contemporary artist painting mostly landscapes. The beauty of nature inspires me, capturing the intensity of the light at different times of the day and exploring the varying weather patterns and changing seasons. My expressive style tries to catch an impression of the landscape, its mood and energy from invigorating to tranquil, the unique time and place as well as a reflection of the fragility of nature.
As a keen observer of nature, I am always impressed at the structures of landscape as well as it flora. The many shapes and textures found in nature as well as the variety of colours fascinate me. In parallel, I am acutely aware of the fragility of our landscape and the impact humans have on the environment, in particular the detrimental effects of pollution and deforestation, which lead to the reduction of our natural habitat. I think it is vital we preserve these natural habitats as there are proven benefits not only to our environment, but also to our physical and mental health. Through my paintings I hope to convey the beauty of nature as well as highlight the delicacy of nature and the importance of its conservation to the benefit of humans and future generations.
My inspiration comes from the local landscapes in Hertfordshire whilst walking my dog as well as places I visit, especially the mountains from my mother’s home village in Switzerland. I like to form an impression without focusing on every detail by using loose movements, using my bare fingers and hands, as well as palette knives, splattering, scraping, rags and sometimes a paintbrush. Most of my paintings are created using mixed media methods including acrylic and oil paint, charcoal and pastels. I experiment with different textures, such as impasto painting, tiling past, coffee grounds or painting gels to encourage free mark making. My aim is to hopefully evoke the energy of the landscape in order to capture the imagination of the viewer.