My paintings are based around landscape and memory.
From an early age I was very aware and fond of the local landscape of the East Riding of Yorkshire. The landscape
varies from the very flat estuaries, flood plains and arable land near Goole to the gentle rolling, chalk hills of the
Yorkshire Wolds. The Wolds lead to the coast, the object of many family day trips; also Sundays were often spent
meandering through the Wold villages with their churches, greens and War Memorials.
These early memories coupled with day to day visual encounters in the North West of England have informed my
work. Over the years I have revisited subjects of rivers intersecting the land, wide skies, estuaries, the parks, buildings & suburbia of Greater Manchester. I am also interested in our national connection with landscape and the effect
history has on our collective perception of it. Some of my paintings have addressed this with the use of texts drawn
from mid 20thc county guide books. Although I do paintings and drawings from observation, I never work directly
from these. My sketchbook is both a visual resource to inform paintings that I am working on and a tool to sharpen my visual perception.
I use acrylic paint or watercolour and generally build the paintings in thin layers, over painting the colour. I allow the
paint to run and drip; the paintings will often reveal clues as to how they were made. I am interested in the process of painting and the formal aspects of painting; the paint surface, colour and composition are all important to me. Though I like the paintings to be well crafted the production of a “beautiful painting” is not sufficient, I want the paintings to
challenge the viewer’s perception of landscape, make them more aware of the subtleties of landscape. It is also
important that the paintings achieve a sense of place and atmosphere.