“My work is inspired by elements of landscape, seascape, colour and mark making. I am fascinated by our relationship with the natural world and its effects on our mental, physical and spiritual selves.
I get excited by dramatic landscapes and the power of natural elements like weather and light.
Living in Oxfordshire I am surrounded by expansive skies and space with the beautiful Cotswold landscape nearby and I love it. However, I grew up by the coast and I regularly need to be near the sea so I also go to favourite destinations, usually Devon and Cornwall, to draw and paint.
My favourite materials and equipment for this are a set of Unison Pastels, a couple of sketchbooks and a few sticks of graphite or charcoal. Using gestural marks I work intuitively, capturing the colour, movement and mood of what I am seeing, hearing and feeling.
When I come back to my studio I gather this collection of drawings and upon opening my sketchbooks always feel a thrill of excitement as the memories flood back.
The process of drawing on site fixes the experience in my body and memory and having them to work from feels powerful and honest. The new drawings in pastel, or paintings and collages I then create, take on abstract elements as I play with the composition, colours and marks. They retain their connection to the original drawings but sometimes take on new metaphorical meanings as I have time to reflect throughout the process, upon my relationship with the place they were created and the effect it has had on me.
I work small and large and I like to have several pieces on the go simultaneously.
When I am making art in this way, I believe that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE and this is communicated through my work. As well as a celebratory act of mark making and passion for colour my artwork is an expression of my awe and joy about the natural world and the wonder of living as part of it.”