Walking and climbing have inspired me as an artist since I first started getting out into the hills when I was fifteen and living in Derbyshire. Now based in Scotland, I often sketch directly from the landscape using charcoal, pastel, pencil, pen and ink. Some of these drawings become finished works in their own right but, mostly, they provide me with the inspiration for more contemplative explorations of journeying through the landscape or of climbing rock.
My collages are developed using scraps of my own superseded prints and drawings. I find the process of collaging evokes the way we remember only in fragments and also reflects the continuing process within the natural world of creation and destruction—both by natural forces and the human hand. Through a process of layering and piecing together, these fragments become a composition, which I then work over with wax crayon, oil bar and other media. It can be a long and thoughtful process, as ideas and chance meld with personal memories and feelings.
Rather than trying to capture a single moment in time, or to create a photographic-style snapshot of the mountains, I use mixed media, print and collage to reflect upon the dynamic experience of moving through Scotland’s ever-changing landscape. In this way, I also explore the fluid and shifting boundaries between the landscape and our own selves.