My studio is at the edge of the River Lynher, a tributary of the Tamar and near coast paths in Devon and Cornwall. My work is unavoidably rooted in nature: its forms, moods and weather. The places where borders of land and sea cross or rivers reveal or conceal their muddy depths; boundaries and enclosures of marsh, estuary and shore: these have always inspired an emotional response. Physically my paintings are large as well as small, tactile, sensual of surface and most of all concerned with colour which I explore in a constantly experimental way to find a powerful expression. The Scottish Colourists, the Fauves as well as Turner have all been great influences.
The work has its origin in real places and is underpinned by observational drawings in sketchbooks. However, back in the studio after walking and drawing there is a departure from the pure vision into other worlds where in the end the work is about the essence of paint itself. Layer upon layer, gouged into with knife, comb, wood as well as brush. The medium used is always oil on canvas, the tactile quality of the paint being as much the subject as the places where inspiration is found.
I am interested in the dichotomies of figurative and abstract, the decorative and realistic, detailed drawing contrasting with accidental marks; my work often explores the presence of still life objects within a landscape which enables contrasting elements to question each other.
Canvasses of colour, light, surface and texture express both the force and fragility of the environment where I paint.