Wednesday, September 01, 2004

About Me and this Site

A bit about me
From an early age I have been involved in the practice of gardening and creation. My first gardens as a child were exciting places made up of miniature mud houses and tracks for any passing wildlife to move into. I used to grow all the infant things i.e. Brightly coloured plants, pumpkins, egg plants, sunflowers and cress. My grandfather was a very good and dedicated gardener I remember the amazing variety of things he used to grow on the farm, my life now is just an extension of those childhood days.

After successfully completing my A levels I embarked on a degree in fine art and gained an interest in printing and photography my degree was funded by weekend gardening work and I started to get very interested in artists who used landscape as an inspiration for their work i.e. Andy Goldsworthy, Ian Hamalton Finley and many others. I look back at this time as a real learning curve in my ideals and thoughts. I was very fortunate to meet many fine artists at this time who shared my enthusiasm with the outdoor life, and this drove me to want to show people the simple beauty of nature that many now take for granted.

Nature is the great leveller the possession we are all entitled to and this needs to be understood, cherished and protected. I have worked for very rich and famous people and do not want their add on's and would never aspire to a some of their lifestyles if it detracted me from the ground under my boots. As the word moves faster into the 21st century and we sometimes detach ourselves from the important things in life, Nature knows more than we could learn in a thousand lifetimes and I go to work each day with a great feeling of privilege and excitement.

My designs are NOT aesthetically pleasing ‘sometimes’ but reflect my philosophy, my photos are beautiful not through personal skill in any way, they are just documents of what is around us all. And my writing deals with my enthusiasm and commitment to my very fortunate working life.

I have exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and designed gardens from a diverse range of styles but my interest is mainly concentrated on creating environments that develop over time, this needs hard work understanding and a lot of waiting. The practice of actual gardening and working in gardens appears at the top of my list .I like to see ‘real’ landscape and like ‘real’ people both of which I meet most of the time.


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