My interest in the history and sense of place in different cultures is often the trigger for my work. I carry a small notebook and camera which help me to record the excitement in my surroundings and reaction to the events occurring within it, the social interaction at play and the feelings evoked.
But whether memories from travels in far off places or experiences much closer to home, it is my fascination with colour which is the all encompassing ingredient to my practice. Paring down to simple shapes and visual symbols allows the colour to take over, and I aim for a physical involvement from the viewer where they may be drawn into the ..'blueness' of blue... or grey....or red... in any particular piece.
Moving from St Ives to Brighton in 2015, I now work from home in my garden studio, and continue printmaking from an excellent print workshop close by.
A year has played its seasons giving scope for paintings around my tiny but cherished back garden together with the beautiful Queens Park over the way.
From the anticipation and green shoots of spring to the riotous high summer, - from .. 'seasons of mists'.. and autumnal leaf drop through winter's subtle tales, full circle.
The immediacy and physical nature of the printmaking process is a different experience to the more contemplative and solitary nature of the painting studio, but the two areas have become a significant combination overlapping and feeding into all my work and ideas.
During the process in both printmaking and painting, the work will begin to take its own path, and I'm always fascinated and pleased when on completion, the piece does indeed encapsulate the spirit of the initial response, but in a form never initially envisaged.