I draw inspiration from architecture and nature, and I use my visual art practice to explore the relationship between the two.
While producing my drawings and paintings, I refer to scenes that combine soft organic forms and solid man-made structures. These can be overgrown front gardens, Mediterranean hillside towns, remote Scottish bothies and fishing boats in harbour. I am increasingly interested in the role of light, shadow, clouds and reflections in water, as these can take on both architectural and organic properties.
I use drawing to simplify complex scenes into defined shapes, using line and negative space to create graphic divisions on the picture plane. I then apply paint in blocks of bold, dense colour. These form a framework, sometimes grid-like, sometimes fluid, to support the energetic marks that I employ to render flora, shadows, textiles, linear details and figures.