"I see, I hear, I feel ...I paint"
"I'm interested in the expressive, personal mark of the artist. I want to create paintings with feeling, sparked off by my experience of wild places. I have an affinity with shorelines and skies, but I'm also moved by the mysterious atmosphere of a forest. I like a line, a shadow, a brooding sky and a soft wind. I also love billowing clouds and changeable, stormy weather.
I work in various media and substrates, making choices according to my sense of place - from the blasting ocean roar on Islay where globules of thick, gloopy oil paint on wood panel suited the noise and atmosphere to the peace and quiet of a vale in Yorkshire, where I was compelled to create thin layers of water-based paint on a large cotton canvas using rigger brushes and large flat washes.
In the past few years my work has unconsciously become more abstracted and more non-literal in my colour sense. My on-site sketches act as an aide-memoire and form a practice move for the paintings and I like to work in series, creating a number of paintings or prints responding to a particular place.
But it's actually in the studio and the pushing and playing around of paint which is the real process for me. The visceral, lush quality of paint and the spontaneity of mixing media are important to me. The play between texture and softness, transparency and opacity, the build-up of layers - the fact that certain combinations of colours, certain marks and movements can convey an atmosphere; that is the joy of painting for me - the exciting moment when material and emotion meet.
In the past three years, I have been granted residencies at Brisons Veor, Cornwall and Stiwdio Maelor at Corris, North Wales. In October 2018 I made a return visit to Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland which has set me off on a whole new body of work I call my Yellow Road N17 Mayo Series ... more to come on that in the next year...
I like a line, a shadow,
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."