My burning passion is for landscape painting, mainly in watercolour, a medium I love because of its luminosity, immediacy and unpredictability.
My work builds on direct observation in the field, often combined with memories, feelings and an emotional response to the natural world. I rely extensively on the experiences gained from working in a variety of landscapes, and I love to work in that area between representation and abstract. I revel in the opportunity to play and explore with paint and I live for those exhilarating moments where observation, my emotional response and the paintings become interwoven.
These 10 paintings are based on trips in Aberdeenshire, the Cairngorms, Orkney, Mull, Mallaig and Wester Ross over the last year. I let these places soak into me and then watch as they reappear, often months later, in the studio. Once I start a painting I am interested in capturing the feeling of being in that place and in following the watercolour paint as it does its thing on the paper.
This sketchbook material comes from these same trips to Aberdeenshire, Orkney, Mull, Mallaig and Wester Ross.