I love to be outdoors – on foot, on a bike and even under sail (although I am a rather cautious beginner on that one). I enjoy the experience of the sun on my back, the wind in my hair and the occasional hailstone down my neck. I love to hear Spring birdsong and the arrival of Winter geese at roosting time. I am driven to try to capture those experiences as best as I can as a reminder for myself and as a way of sharing with others and I do that in paint.
I paint in all media but feel a particular affinity with acrylic paint and ‘mixed media’, which in my case might involve combining watercolour, acrylic inks, acrylic paints and oil pastels. I enjoy using layers to create texture and to experiment with mark making.
Sometimes I sketch in the field. Sometimes I paint ‘en plein air’. In my experience it is good to do both. The ‘plein air’ experience encourages quick application of paint and careful observation of light and colour. By developing a sketch(es) in the studio I can define in a more considered way what in particular drew me to the scene and make a more abstract image rather than a strictly representational one.