Artist Statement

Ideas around climatic effects on the landscape are one facet to my paintings, whilst other more abstract concepts explore an emotive response to the landscape by reminiscing or suggesting a ‘sense’ of place, an atmosphere or a feeling, rather than depicting a particular scene.

My paintings are multi-layered, being as much about the medium of paint and the process of painting, as well as an interpretation of the landscape.

Preferring to work on large canvases I paint in a layering process. I start by creating a ground with thinned-out washes of oil paint, creating drips and splashes along the way. I work on a number of canvases at the same time, each one feeding the next. With thicker more opaque paint I paint out certain areas, or enhance others, constantly editing, until a composition begins to emerge. I use brushes, rags, my fingers or palettes knives to create soft layers that result in an illusion of texture. These built-up layers eventually develop into an abstracted view of the landscape. The more you look at them, the more entities you see, resulting in a different take on it each time.

Titles are really important to my work. I keep a notebook of titles as I think of them, and when I’ve finished a painting I will often refer back to this list. Other times the title just comes organically as I look at the finished piece. I feel that referring to the title subtly opens another element to a painting that you may not have seen or thought about.

When I paint I am immersed in the painterly experience. By combining my technical skills as a painter together with my emotional response to the landscape brings an immersive and reflective quality to my work, for both the artist and observer.