I am inspired by quiet still places, rain and mist, and subtle colours found in wild environments. I love mountains, hills and woodland, empty beaches and big skies. Paintings are rarely specific places, rather I want to evoke atmosphere, emotion and memories of experiences.
I use sketchbooks, photographs and studies made in the landscape back in the studio, where they are distilled and explored into larger pieces.
Using paint in a loose watery way, building thin layers to create depth and interesting marks with other media, the balance between control and un-control is manipulated, often allowing for paint to run, pool and soften. Once I begin, the process is almost as important as the initial inspiration. It becomes about creating an impression or memory of landscape, making a painting I feel has depth, balance, and quietness, something that draws a viewer in, and invites their personal involvement.