I paint in and around Portstewart, Northern Ireland. I paint directly oudoors. The faster the weather conditions the smaller I paint. Speed is crucial so I use pastels alot. For me painting directly outdoors is vital to any later studio works. Firstly it helps to fix the moments as they unfold and secondly it puts the place in my mind. The rapid weather provides me with heaps of stunning subjects, but it can also make working difficult at times.