I was born on St.Davids Day 1973 in Pontypool, South Wales. After gaining a degree in English at Swansea University, I returned to a childhood love of art, pursuing this alongside bringing up my young family. Painting soon became a passion, and has now become a full-time occupation. I regularly exhibit at galleries in Wales and Cornwall, and had work selected for the Royal Cambrian Academy. Much of my inspiration comes directly from the places where I love to spend time outdoors enjoying the coastline and mountains of Wales. The paintings are a response to the landscape, an attempt to capture something of the experience and the energy of a place – how it feels to be there on that day. An expressive and intuitive painter, I work mostly with a palette knife, but also paint with brushes , or fingers or whatever else comes to hand to get the desired effect. I enjoy experimenting with mark-making, colour and texture to create a variety of effects – this often leads to a degree of unpredictability, allowing the paintings to emerge almost by themselves.