'faith seems to be essential to noticing what we would otherwise miss'
I paint mainly portraits and landscapes. It might seem odd to put a ‘spiritual’ tag on these, but in fact understanding painting as a gift of God – to me personally – has made a profound difference to the way I paint, and whether I paint at all! I first trained as an art historian, and it was when I read the letters and lectures of John Constable that I realised that painting is not just about seeing, but about valuing the world that God has made, and is making.
Faith seems to be essential to noticing what we would otherwise miss, including the emotional resonance of the landscape. In 1998 I published a book on art, ‘The art of God and the religions of Art’, and started painting after that, moving to the beautiful Cotwolds in 1999.
I enjoy sharing ‘the gift of art’ particularly with artistic beginners, who never fail to surprise me with their originality and personal vision.