The inspiration for my work comes from an ongoing love of travel. Many aspects of journeys, maps and aerial views have fed into and enriched the work but are gradually becoming more ambiguous and less specific. My aim is to allow the viewer the space to bring their own interpretation to the work.
Some of the most influential journeys have included a microlight flight over the volcanic island of Lanzarote, a road trip through New Mexico, Arizona and Utah and perhaps most significantly a visit to the island of Cuba in 2017. Now many elements of these experiences: glimpses of colours and textures and the fragmented memories of travel are coming together. As the work continues to develop I am including more photographic collage creating a tension between abstraction and representation.
When travelling I take photographs and use sketchbooks to make quick drawings and paintings as source material for new work. Although I see myself primarily as a mixed media painter my practice extends to photography, printmaking, ‘concertina books’ and ‘ folding maps’.