Firstly, I crave being in the great outdoors, nothing equals this freedom, secondly I am a painter. The wild, windswept world is a timeless, incredible natural playground, I try to tap into some of that energy. Painting enables me to spend long periods of time quietly observing nature, I feel deep gratitude to be able to spend such time working in this way. I find painting outdoors humbling and enriching; it can be elating, it can be unbearable, this process gives my life perspective and purpose, it makes me feel alive, nourished and part of something greater and more important than myself.
I grew up weather-beaten and windswept painting the raw, wild and unforgiving landscape of Cornwall's Atlantic coastline, where huge roaring breakers relentlessly smash into the soaring, jagged cliffs. From a very young age I revelled in venturing out into squalls and being blasted by hail or foam, immersion in this environment is for me invigorating, humbling and is intimately my home.
Today painting and travelling internationally I am drawn to the same wilderness in order to confront and challenge my sense of self and place. My aesthetic and process plays between abstraction and realism working to expound the familiar yet magnificent and sometimes challenging British landscape, mirroring and embodying the natural world as beautiful and brutal, nurturing and violent, gentle and demanding.