Who or what is the biggest inspiration for your art?
My main source of inspiration is gained whilst walking through coastal and tidal areas. I am effected by violent seas and delicious mud flats. I draw particular landscape features that have an overwhelming effect on me, only then do I really see what is in front of me.
Please tell us more about your working process and the way you approach new artworks
In my opinion how you begin is so important as it determines the outcome. I start with drawing from observation and memory, drawing underpins my practice. I translate these drawings into oil paintings which take on a life of their own. I work in series as this helps to expand the conversation, one work feeding into another. I make all my own materials, including supports, grounds and paints.
What motivates you the most in your artistic journey?
The surprise and excitement of what can be achieved.
Who or what has recently impressed you?
British painter Rose Wylie recently being interviewed in her studio by Will Gompertz from BBC news. Wylie didn’t get her break until her 70’s. She said her or her work hasn’t changed the perception of it has.
How do you spend your free time besides artistic work?
Walking and listening to music. I play and sing in a local ukulele group and band.
Do you have any dream projects in mind that you would like to do in the future?
I love working big so it would be great to have the space one day to make a whole series of really large paintings.
Your work, although abstract, is grounded in reality. How do you deal with translating the three-dimensional world into two dimensions?
Through subtle shifts of colour and surface, painting can be very challenging but so rewarding. The landscape can be vast, enormous and so very powerful. It is important to remember you can’t capture everything at once. Look at what is in front of you and learn to recognise what is important at that moment in time.
What is the main idea or inspiration behind the Submerged paintings?
Rock formations that are revealed and concealed by tidal waters. I sometimes return to the same locations a number of times, to draw, as I see something different each time.
Your Empire of Rock painting stands out with its vertical, asymmetrical composition – as if it were chopped in half. Can you tell us more about the creation of this artwork?
This is one of my early works and has become an important part of my journey in the investigation of colour and colour relationships. In particular getting to know the personality of each colour and how particular colours behave. I made Empire of Rock as part of a series of works responding to rock formations at the Avon Gorge, Clifton, Bristol.