In 2010 I retired from full time ministry in the Church of England and the Church in Wales to live in North Suffolk, close to the Norfolk border and Waveney Valley, where I can once again take painting seriously and enjoy meeting those who are similarly motivated.
I trained in Fine Art and then taught it between 1967-1983 before becoming ordained into the Anglican Church (1986) serving as a priest in several differeing parochial challenges across north Worcestershire before finally becoming Team Rector at the heart of the City of Swansea (2005 - 10).
I'm now able to harness those visual gifts and interests that have inspired my ministry to a degree not possible in parish life. Around our home in Fressingfield and along the nearby coastline, I'm inspired to produce a variety of landscapes in pastel, pen & ink and occasiopnal watercolour. However, in the studio I can take a more prolonged look at these stimulii, working with either oil or gouache, to explore other connections and ideas. Whether from music, poetry or walks I've taken, or even theological ideas I'm intruigued by, I can offer my art as the means of my faith becoming stronger, the relevance of scripture clearer and the prayers of the church emerging as a sort of visual witness to lasting truths. This is espcially so when the connection has to do with the environment and our awareness of creation. My prose and poetry, often exhibited alongside the pictures, will invariably be a parallel expression to the pictorial ones.
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The Yellow Field
One of three new large oil paintings produced in the studio over the winter, based on images collected very close to where I live. These particular rape fields are in my view from the house while the painting explores their influence within the spaces and planes that make up 'sky' (background) and 'ditch' (foreground). The central form and colour is of course the flowering of the crop whose abundance and eventual harvest works as a parallel to many other concepts of death leading to life.