My paintings are a very spontaneous response to my subject matter, unlike my printmaking that requires more planning and structure. The consistency between my painting and printmaking is the layering of colour that that’s an integral part of my painting process.
The paintings contain many layers of colour that are applied thinly and then worked on to reveal the layer beneath. Another similarity is the way I draw into wet paint using the same tool used for drawing into my etching plates. Drawing in this way not only reveals colour from a lower level but gives the drawn image a freshness and individuality of mark. Colour is also an important element of the work, soft English greens, greys and blues of the landscape or vibrant reds and oranges of autumn are a backdrop used alongside the bird forms. My work also has a strong reference to British painting of the 40’s and 50’s, in particular the work of artists such as Eric Ravilious, David Jones and Winifred Nicolson as well as contemporary artists such as Mary Fedden and the Scottish colourists.