For some time I have been trying to capture the essence of place; the prevailing feeling, the mystery, the passage of time, and the imprint of man. To achieve this, I paint on site and from life in all seasons.
The immediacy of the experience yields both freshness and an emotional input. In nature, with time, one can experience what a camera cannot, her colours and how they work together, the composition, the abstract shapes, the light and its changes, and the exquisite edge control. The sounds and smells are also significant experiences.
Completion of the work and subsequent interpretation of it in the studio are always challenging. Bringing back the emotions from the on-site experience is difficult in the studio but it is key to telling the story with freshness.
I paint with degrees of abstraction in colour, shape and composition, remembering, 'A painting should be complete but never finished.' The real joy is the process of seeing, creating, experimenting, and applying the paint.