I have lived in London for over 30 years and have always been interested in finding little hideaways away from the crowds to paint. Most of my output is of the British landscape which I find so interesting and variable. There are many books and walks written about hidden London but I decided to make a visual experience having been on many walks. I have watched over the years how the river and its architecture has evolved, sometimes for the better as the Thames path has proved to be. There are still pockets along the path that are virtually deserted even on a hot summer’s day that’s where I go.
I start by doing a reconnaissance visit often on my bicycle with my sketchbook but I have to be disciplined as often on my way to a site I come across a view that catches my eye and as a result it takes me all day just to cover just few miles.
I studied Sculpture at St Martin’s in the early 80’s and found that I often used to spend lots of time with the painters, and I later found out that is where my real passion lies. The act of putting paint on the canvas is very satisfying as well as frustrating when it doesn’t go well. Sometimes I do have an audience, children are very complimentary even though I know its not working and so are dogs!, as they wag their tails often taking a swipe of paint with them !.
This exhibition is in the Chapel at Brompton Cemetery, it has been newly restored part of the Royal Parks. Apart from exhibitions they have musical events. I feel very privileged as I am one of the first painters to be exhibiting in such a unique place where people like Emmeline Pankhurst one of the leaders of women suffragette movement, John Snow etc.. are laid to rest. In this glorious part of Hidden London.