I have a passion for colour – not in naturalistic terms, but as an expressive vehicle for my feelings. I love working with oil paint. Rich colour and a physicality that I haven’t found with any other medium. I work very quickly, working wet into wet paint, usually brushes first, often palette knives when brushes are too slow for my ideas, and eventually using my hands, as these are my most sensitive tools. I don’t sketch first, I paint instinctively – my thoughts are all put down on the canvas, so that the painting gradually emerges.
I love being outdoors, a good source of subject matter. I have made several “outdoor” series including trees, lighthouses, gardens, allotments and sculptures which I found in some glades at Groombridge, Kent – very mysterious. I have also made a series of abstracts reflecting my love of music – while listening, the sounds inspired certain colours, shapes and rhythms.
I think it is true to say that I only paint what interests me. I still want to be surprised by my work and hope the keeps the paintings fresh and vital.