Each work begins with an emotional response to the subject.
Conceptually, my paintings are an outpouring of feeling and a strong sense of a previous experience. I aim to make the unseen within, seen. I personally feel this is the reason why I paint.
I am naturally drawn to the texture and quality of light, which is a vital part of the mood of the paintings. It is always the light that I remember most about any location. It is my inspiration. Its elusive quality can transform a figure or a landscape in just a matter of seconds.
I combine a mix of ‘old master’ and contemporary techniques. I use a rich and expressive style employing a variety of methods; staining, glazing and blending many layers, gradually building up thickness and texture.
I draw feverishly and paint several colour studies out on location. I develop these ideas back in the studio, where I can paint freely and intuitively. I refer back to these studies to give my work a sense of place. They evoke memories within, and I share these interpretations with the viewer, offering them a personal glimpse into a remembered reality.
This is where the painting transitions into an entity of its own right. From here on, it starts to make its own demands. In a sense, it begins to answer back.