Inspired by the wild landscapes of the Lake District and Scotland
The wild spaces of Britain’s Northern Lands have a special quality of light that can only be seen in weather conditions that change by the minute, not only does it evoke feelings of exposure to the elements, there is a feeling of well being at the same time. My work has evolved from an ability to sketch quickly in these rapidly changing conditions, allowing the eye to become selective: seeing the key elements that drew me to that particular moment, the essence of the place. I never set out with a definite plan, like the constantly changing landscape, my work makes use of many layers, encouraging the viewer to see something new each time it is viewed. The simplicity of time spent in the hills clears the mind, the land and light become easier to see and the environment becomes closer. This raw experience forms an important part in the development of my work.