About the artist
Gouache and oil paintings of gardens and rural landscapes.
I have always immersed myself in art. My Great Grandfather, WB Gelder was a Royal Academician and supported his family by painting. My mother set up easels for us to play with paint and charcoal almost before we could walk!
At first I followed my father and qualified as an Architect setting up a partnership in Brighton. I believe this discipline in design underpins my sense of light, space, composition and proportion. Later on I took a PGCE in Art and Design and taught art and photography at a large Comprehensive school in East Sussex. During this time I attended many painting courses and visited hundreds of exhibitions. I learnt all the rules and then I discovered how to break them!
I now prioritise time and energy to developing and expressing my own work. I take inspiration from walking locally, gardens and travelling. I tend to begin by working observationally playing with mark making and gouache. I then progress to abstracting shapes and simplifying the form in oil. Quite simply I love layering paint and the clash between contrivance and accident.
Turn right opposite The Fox Goes Free in Charlton with the barns on your left and follow the signs.
Charlton Barns, Charlton, West Sussex PO18 0HX