My process begins with landscape. Typically, this landscape is coastal. In the past, my method of interaction with a landscape would have been the sketchbook through drawings and note taking, however I'm now just as likely to be found walking, collecting, and photographing whilst in the landscape. The history, topography, and archaeology of particular places inform an understanding of this landscape, as do transitory experiences of weather, smell, or vertigo.
Walking is important. Whether across fields, up hills, over walls, along beaches, down paths, around headlands, or through gorse, experiencing the land through movement informs the painting process. I'm not solely concerned with the visual.
My interest ultimately lies in peripheral places – the boundaries between fields, the divisions of land, sea and sky, the ‘non-places’ of roadside, drove way, car park, or footpath.