I work in oils, usually on a small scale. The paintings are executed on thick card using a variety of textures, plein air.
I'm involved with recording my responses to places, buildings, things and people. I am fascinated by questions arising form the meeting of Eastern Art philosophies with Western ones: questions about spontaneity, the use of voids and absence in the picture field. I love to experiment with, different mark making techniques as well as well as to play with different ideas about colour and harmony.
I most like subjects which are in some way hidden or mysterious: one of the central functions of art for me is the revealing of secrets. I love using art as a form of, and motivation for, exploration. I love to use portraiture as a way of studying people in their environments, attempting to show their inner lives.
I see my work in the line of both travel painter-diarists such as Edward Lear or Turner, and expressionist painters such as Bonnard or Joan Eardley: I have a portable kit with which I can easily transport materials and wet paintings.
I plan further painting trips to Peru, and to revisit the USA and Morocco.