My Work Begins in Nature


My paintings begin as experiences of places, walking in the country, garden visits and anywhere nature can be found. I’m particularly drawn to paths and outbuildings. I take photos and make sketches. Once I start painting my process becomes about the possibilities of paint, form and colour. I love the way even the simplest of marks can be used to describe a shape or object. I use a language of simplification, flatness and suggestion. Rather than using realistic colours, I choose colours I really enjoy and use them in a limited palette. Using colour in this way creates a constant challenge of purpose and intent. I feel that my paintings edit the familiar into the unfamiliar creating ambiguity and a sense of secrets and stories in my work. I like the idea that the viewer creates their own understanding and narrative for my paintings.