My latest paintings feature big, bold brush strokes in black acrylic. They become the backbone, or spine of the paintings on which to hang the colours which are in oils. Black is essential to all my work. Abstract landscapes, exploring a sense of place, of interconnections both fleeting and rooted, brought to the surface with the energy of the brush, my paintings are spontaneous, resulting from a boiling pot of themes or concerns and social commentary is very often at the fore in my work.
I aim to create a shared space with each piece of work, one where the viewer can contemplate the title, a springboard for thought or discussion. Very often my themes focus on eternal subjects, which are infinitely renewable.
One of the most influential lecturers at Leeds, to my mind, was painter and sculptor, George Hainsworth. He taught me that you needed courage as an artist to break away from the mould. There always needs to be an element of fear in making work. I have never stopped experimenting with different mediums and practices. These are the drivers in my work.