My paintings are journeys: with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The first is full of excitement, energy, and optimism; the second is more thoughtful; and the third is the most difficult – when to stop? As I use a watercolour technique with my oils, using the white ground for glow and transparency, painting thinly most of the time, I’m conscious that it’s easy to lose that all important light coming through.
From an early age, I have always been fascinated by the spaces between lines, and industrial landscapes are a constant source of inspiration. Lines at strange angles, criss-crossing, creating uneven shapes between. I see all these things in man-made structures that have been stressed or damaged, as in the West Pier, Brighton, and Battersea Power Station – both aquaintances of my childhood. Also, in nature – grasses, trees, and the wonderful Norfolk.
My influences are Rembrandt, Turner, Matisse, Modigliani, Joseph Herman, Delacroix, Ivon Hitchens and Prunella Clough.