"I see, I hear, I feel ...I paint"
"I'm interested in the expressive, personal mark on the canvas. I try to create paintings with feeling, sparked off by wild places I seek out - from my native Scotland to Cornwall, Ireland or Wales. 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. The work changes according to the sense of place - from the blasting ocean roar on Islay to the quiet greens of a Yorkshire fell. My paintings have become more abstracted in the past few years - something I'm aiming for more and more as I focus on my on-site sketches and memory of my experience in the landscape. But it's in the studio and the pushing around of paint which is the real process for me - the visceral, lush quality of oil paint, 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. A forthcoming residency and a return visit to Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland is in the pipeline in October 2018."
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."