I try to replicate how I think about things rather than how they look to the eye. At the core of my work is line-drawing, I have kept sketchbooks for the last 35 years and it’s this observation that provides form and structure for the paintings. By the time I start to paint, all the information I need is in my head; when you draw you are learning about structure and detail. The next step is to allow that stored information to escape through the paint by using colour and mark-making in the most effective way. With any painting I have to abandon preconceptions about the end result in order to give it the freedom it needs to evolve. During the process I will often have to paint over areas that I like in order to distill the information, it can be quite a mercenary activity. My work is generally defined as semi-abstract in style and the influence of British post-modernists like Peter Lanyon, Ivon Hitchens and Barbara Hepworth is clear to see, I have always been drawn to these artists and I’m happy to see their echoes in my paintings.
I don't wait for inspiration, I’m in the studio every day so new ideas surface as I work and I develop them. I try to produce an antidote to the sterile digital images that surround us today. I like paintings with brush-marks and drips that look like they have been made by a human being rather than a computer programme. I love to see a trace of charcoal or a fingerprint in works by Picasso or Matisse; that’s what thrills me about art, evidence of the working process. I like to get my hands dirty and I like the thought of a brushstroke as a moment in an artist’s life.
These paintings have an initial impact, but also a sonority that unfolds as you spend time with the piece. There is no correct interpretation of the images; everyone’s reaction will be different. The joy of abstraction is that it can be appreciated on a purely aesthetic level, in the same way we relate to music, I encourage people to trust their instincts where art is concerned. What painting does - better than any photograph or computer programme - is to express emotion. I always encourage people to trust their instinctive reaction to an abstract piece. You may not know why a particular painting sings out to you, but trust that it does. Everyone’s journey through life is unique so what appeals to you will be different to the person next to you and that's just the way it should be.