!!I am a prolific traveller and find it difficult to stay in one place for any great length of time. I love having my eyes washed by new sights and my routines challenged by fresh experiences.

My landscapes record my travels. They tell a story, not only of what is seen but also of what is felt – of mood and atmosphere, solitude and interaction. I travel alone and I find that I have a very different relationship with my environment when doing so than when travelling with a companion. It is that intimate, personal link with the landscape that I try to capture. I make sketches on the spot with written notes on colour and light and on my own mood and reflections. I also take numerous photographs and have a good memory. All of this information comes together in the studio into the final statements which, whilst descriptive, go beyond direct representational studies into a broader documentation of experience.

Mostly I work in acrylics and occasionally oils or gouache, sometimes adding elements of collage. I mainly work on gesso-primed stretched canvas, using a range of palette knives to stroke and scratch the surface; tickling and teasing it with layers of colour until impressionistic images are formed. I then bring further definition, accentuating areas with glazes until I reach a point when I feel the painting discloses. There is a lot of discovery and rediscovery in the process and a lot of destruction as well as creation as elements are worked and reworked. The painting itself determines its direction and its conclusion. It is a very physical and sensual process, sometimes frustrating but always exciting and never disappointing.

I am also regularly drawn to paint natural forms, particularly the female nude. In contrast to my landscapes, my figurative works are dominated by movement and line. They are strongly influenced by the Futurists and containing references to early mythologies. Images are fractured and ambiguous throwing an invitation to the viewer to participate in the determination of form and aesthetic.

  • Joined: May 2011
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