I paint in oils, working with perhaps just four or five colours. My subjects are abstract and semi-abstract land and sea-scapes. I work to communicate the restlessness I feel is present within a scene as a continuously shifting intensity of sound and movement. As such, achievement for me is when all of the viewer’s senses are engaged as they look at the work. I want them to hear and feel as well as see so that what they experience is something almost filmic; it’s never still, never quiet. So these are stories really. Whatever medium we use – dance, theatre, music, film – it’s all story telling.
I work with a palette knife and rag or my fingers to blend and drag the paint. I might add strands of rope fibre or ground-down coloured slate, charcoal or sea-salt to add texture. At times I’ll use a knife to scrape or gouge the work to create lines of movement and dynamic.