I was recently interview for the latest newsletter from Hope Art , talking about my approach to painting and inspiration.
"Growing up surrounded by the beautiful, rugged countryside of Marsden Moor, I became fascinated with the form, colour and textures of the landscape.
Sketching and quick colour studies outside provide me with a starting point to take back to my studio. Working loosely with large areas of colour, I put marks on the canvas without any reference to the initially studies. I start to feel out the essence of the image and the shapes and lines occur intuitively, allowing the composition to evolve.
The paint is constantly being worked into and removed at varying speeds, this ebb and flow gives the work a energy and unpredictability. Only when the composition is nearly complete do I think about adding a hint of a drawn line, to accent or contrast."