Appleby Rider II
Welcome to my site!
I am an artist working mostly with ink on paper, but other media as well although I am avoiding the plastics. My studio is in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. I study in Britain these days but have travelled to study in Japan and China as well. This background, and the differences in the ways of seeing the world, have resulted in a painterly aesthetic that reveals landscapes, and the people and creatures that inhabit them, as both mass and energy, familiar and alien, contemporary and timeless. I value above all the immediacy of brush and ink on absorbent paper, as in Far Eastern ink painting whose methods, techniques and approach I have adopted.
Absolute Classics have arranged with pianist Noriko Ogawa to set her playing to paintings from Shrines, a collection of my work based on shrines and icons of the Shintō faith in Japan. Alex McQuiston has produced a video of our collaboration for the series of classic concerts at Netherby Hall in the wild and wonderful Borders. Noriko's solo performance is stunning. Most of her carefully chosen selection of music is by Japanese composers, pieces rarely seen actually played before us.