I’ve lived in London all my life and find city energy endlessly exciting. The sense of activity and visual impact can be intense and I enjoy spotting small moments which are often unnoticed; a flash of discarded colour underfoot. Finding a crossover with these moments, and a wider sense of place from the natural landscape, is what drives my approach.
The paintings evolve in many layers over repeat sessions but at some point I have to be ready to notice and ‘catch’ what has evolved by chance and use that to guide the painting forwards.
‘Unlocking a landscape’ in this way is a balance of fine control and keeping the freshness and feeling of energy that comes from the painting itself. The end stages are carefully considered with very small and detailed refinements.
Some paintings can be more closely identified with a ‘view’ and others become more abstract. But to me they are all landscapes; a visual reaction to what we choose to notice in our surroundings and encourage into our lives and homes.