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Artist Statement

Connections and process are at the heart of my practice.
It is the relationship between aspects of the natural elements, such as, light and water which often trigger ideas. Observations made whilst out on the edge of the sea in Purbeck, the liminal boundary between land, sea and air, the static and the moving. How the light effects these elements that intrigues. The sense of the fleeting, the changing atmosphere caused by that interaction, its fragility, transience and hope for something new or transformed.
Boundaries, edges, negative shapes that often repeat and build up an organic rhythm of their own, from transparent to solid, still to chaotic, claustrophobic to open spaces.
These observations are then explored in the sketchbooks from memory, to remove that literal, direct translation into one that is more personal, unpredictable and selective. They are memories that are often on the edge of recognition, not quite pinned down.
My sketchbooks offer a space to manipulate and riff on composition, colour, tonal relationships, scale and mark until the visual language is found and can be worked out further onto sheets of paper or canvases. The aim or intention with the finished works is always to slow down the viewer to a more reflective state, towards stillness.
These works embrace an unpredictability to enable the image to take its own course with a kind of glimpsed presence of a hidden history.