I have an overwhelming urge to create. This drive comes from deep within me, a need to explore and find something to say, to have my own individual voice. As humans we have evolved from nature and therefore have a deeply ingrained physical and spiritual connection with it. I create paintings as a response to my own experience of landscape. In these places of solitude I find tranquillity and a level of contentment that comes from being alone with your own thoughts, memories and dreams.
I constantly experiment with a range of techniques to evoke the raw experience of nature. I like to go for a walks with my sketchbooks and camera and return to the studio to work from the images, memories and feelings. I alter things constantly in my paintings – I guess it’s like nature itself, in a continual state of change. I enjoy working on several paintings at the same time, constantly refining them or letting them rest as I decide what further work is needed. The resultant paintings are as much about my feelings and the atmosphere of a place as they are about how it looks. As a result they are not always ‘realistic’ and can be quite abstract. This is important as it allows viewers to bring their own interpretation and experience to the work.