Beginning a painting opens infinite possibilities of what could be. Switching between considered and more impulsive marks enables otherwise unlikely discoveries and developments. I make decisions about colour, shape, texture and line continually, altering the route to the outcome each time.
I’m interested in paint’s expressive possibilities. I work in a state of constant dialogue between abstraction and my subconscious sense of the body or place. Bursts of intense, instinctive painting and over-painting are interwoven with periods of erosion revealing material complexities, strata and ghosts of past layers. Paint is added and removed, sometimes simultaneously, in various ways and worked on at different stages of drying to utilise textural possibilities.
Influences include Howard Hodgkin, Roger Hilton, Ivon Hitchens, early Gillian Ayres, Basil Beattie and Alice Browne.