My work is inspired by and reflects the physical world about me. My focus for sometime has been the wild North Cornwall coastline and hinterland explored on foot, bicycle or paddle board. Stark headlands, offshore islands, lush river valleys deep in the Cornish peninsula are captured with a quick sketch or photo and translated directly onto the canvas back in the studio. Organic forms, surfaces, shadows and especially ripples, the way the sea meets the shore fascinates me. Using oils provides depth of colour but also amazing transparency. I create layers with brush and palette knife to help my paintings express the play of light, which conceals and reveals what lies beneath.