I paint in oil, working with perhaps just five or six colours. My subjects are semi-abstract and abstract land and seascapes. I work to communicate the physical restlessness I feel is present as a continuously shifting intensity within a scene. As such, achievement for me is when all of the viewer’s senses are engaged when they look at the work. I want them to hear and feel as well as see so that the totality of what they experience is something almost filmic; it should never be still, never quiet.
I work with a palette knife or rag to blend and drag the paint, at times applying it thickly, building layers of colour to create movement, and at others employing thinner layers of colour to create a translucence. I’ll use the knife to scrape or gouge the work in order to create lines of movement. I might also add strands of rope fibre or ground-down coloured slate or charcoal which I blow onto or turn into the wet paint to add texture and dynamic. Painting is a very physical as well as an emotional experience for me.