My work is inspired primarily by nature and my emotional response to it. I am becoming more aware of the part my subconscious memory connected to the subject has on the methodology of the work. I want my pictures to be an expression of both my inner world and the history and sense of place of my subject.
I find that I can best express this by painting plein-air using mixed media. The physicality of paint, mark making, colour and the accidental mark are all equally important in helping me to achieve my intent.
The West Sussex coast at Cuckmere Haven and the surrounding countryside were the inspiration for this series of paintings. In July 2013 I worked in a heat wave as day moved into a cooler dusk letting the shapes, smells and colours dictate my response to the sense of history permeating the ancient patterns of fields and hills before me. On the coastline I found I was drawn to express my childhood memories that the sea evoked particularly the magical sense of space and light.