It is just a wonderful boost to the heart to see the flowers and the growth in the garden at the moment. It's May and all the plants are stretching out and getting into their stride at last. The flood of colour and vigour every time I go out in the garden to my studio gives me hope - nature and fresh air are definitely a great healers of our well-being. So with all these troubles going on we look forward and try to absorb all the good things around us and the garden, making art and being with my wife are just few things to be grateful for! I have wanted to paint a garden path and doorway like this for quite sometime as it brings together thoughts of home and the beauty of the world into one picture. I hope it makes you feel good too!
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The Nene Valley stretches from West Northamptonshire all the way through Peterborough and has the Nene river flowing through it. The landscape is surrounded by lush farmland and old villages with hidden footpaths connecting them together. I have always used this landscape as the basis for my artwork showing the wildlife and hills of my home.
My artwork frequently uses a range of mixed media techniques that have also incorporated words. In recent years this has become more important and now collage is a major part of my work which often uses words poetry. The lines of various poems have been woven into my imagery - segments of which can be read.
The wide range of habitats such as wildflower meadows, wetlands, marshes, woodlands and wet grasslands are full of a diverse range of animals and birds. These offer endless inspiration for my artwork on a daily basis as I live right on the edge of a stunning nature reserve near the towns of Higham Ferrers, Irthlingborough and Rushden.