Landscape paintings for me are spaces that can free the imagination. They also show ways in which to engage with and appreciate the landscapes that are local to you.
It is important for me to paint in the landscape itself. Being in one spot over a day, I'm immediately aware of how much change happens in the weather, the wildlife, nothing is still for very long, and I get absorbed by the changing moods of the landscape.
I don’t aim to paint exactly what’s there. Rather, I balance representation with how the place makes me feel, continuously interpreting and designing. Pictorially I think of my images as being somewhere in between abstraction and representation.
Painting in all weathers can be challenging. Working through a storm with rain drops bouncing off the wet paper is a risky way to make a painting. However these unplanned surprises can add so much to a piece, so I persevere.
At the end of it all I hope to have paintings and drawings that stimulate. I am particularly attracted to the river Thames, the reflections in the water are a constant inspiration. The riverbanks are beautiful at all times, I aim to celebrate this in my pictures.