Exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2012 & 2013

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Held annually, at the Mall Galleries in London, this is the annual exhibition of  the Royal Society of Marine Artists RSMA; the society for Britain’s leading contemporary marine artists. "I was delighted to have paintings accepted for display alongside such prestigious artists in this field. "


“Based on photographs that I take while diving, my paintings aim to express moments that captivate me. These moments arise from the contrasts of the underwater world, which I find both familiar and new, imposing and serene, intimate and infinite. My paintings are about the conflict and tensions I feel and see while trying to make sense of an alien environment. 

Formation

 “Centuries Deep” wreck paintings from the Red Sea. **NEWS!** Painting accepted for Royal Society of Marine Artists Open Exhibition in Oct ’13 - Now Showing At The Rt Gallery Merstham


In March this year I spent a week on a liveaboard to experience the wrecks and the reefs of the Red Sea in Egypt. I took the opportunity to study the way that colour varies at different depths and observe how looking through water alters form and distance.

Centuries Deep is  a series of three paintings produced from this trip.

The Dunraven and the Giannis D are cargo ships that sank around a century apart, while journeying through the Gulf of Suez, in 1873 and 1983 respectively. The environment inside each ship is different. They provide spectacular structures to hold and reflect the light that reaches down to their depth and finds it’s way inside the wrecks.


The way that colour appears underwater fascinates me. Red light cannot permeate through the depths, which results in photographs that are predominantly blue, however that is not how the dives appear at the time. Considering whether this is the result of the brain imposing order onto a monochromatic world, or because the human eye is more adaptable than a camera is central to my practice, and an area of constant development.

Using acrylics allows me to layer tones, and give an impression of the altered behavior of light underwater. The visibility of every dive is different. Light reflects off suspended particles, which obscures distant objects and illuminates the scene with an emotive effect. I remember this vividly and because it cannot be captured fully in my photographs is added from memory.

Composition is vital, and I balance my paintings to reflect my experience of a world not limited by gravity or weight, which feels both liberating and uneasy, which continues my exploration of conflicts and tensions that make this subject so inspiring to me.”