I find myself working more and more outside, finding inspiration exploring places that are on the edge of something, the space or gap between wild and contained. Colours are mixed in situ to reflect the place, building up in layers and contrasting very fluid areas with thicker textured paint. Working in the landscape allows a freedom, spatial awareness and expressiveness in capturing the moment. The environment becomes the materials, using sticks as drawing implements and scratching into the surface of the paint, paper or canvas. The paintings and drawings produced are finished works in their own right. In the studio other paintings will develop from these. I take elements of mark making, motif, something symbolic within the landscape and working on larger canvases my technique is to build the paintings up in multiple layers to create depth, space and atmosphere but maintaining a fresh and vibrant response to the place.
I lived on an historic boat on the river for 14 years and the painting ‘Leaving Harbour’ is part of a series of estuary paintings exploring the sense of place, atmosphere, nostalgia and the sense of something poetic, timeless with elements of narrative. Dungeness is also a place I often visit and draw the old boats on the shingle. I feel a familiarity and connection with the boats and the flat, low lying Kentish coastal landscape.