I paint in oils, using a knife on stretched canvas. I’ve tried using boards and don’t like it, preferring the springiness of stretched canvas. I love the buttery feel of paint on the knife and the options for getting it very smooth or textured using the flat of the blade or creating fine lines with the edge. Recently I’ve been using more complex layers, starting with thinned paint and allowing it to run and create random marks on the canvas before progressing to the familiar impasto. My finished paintings have some of the underpainting showing through, I find it adds depth and definition to subjects like clouds and mountains. I usually paint from photos I’ve taken, but will often make sketches as well, to help focus my thoughts and plan the painting. I work in a range of sizes, and also enjoy creating pairs or a series of paintings along a theme. Practically, this helps unify colours. I tend to start with Prussion Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow and often Raw Sienna and mix the colours I want from those, but sometimes a quest for a particular colour will send me hunting through books and buying something completely new. Volcanos, anyone?! Much of my artwork is inspired by my travels; sailing or visiting wild places. Lockdown initially forced a return to drawing and pet portraits, then Ied me to stop and take time to appreciate and be inspired by our local South Pennine landscape. Latest paintings include the canal towpath, blazing Autumn colours, Winter woods, Summer harebells and of course clouds and moorland. I’ve had to put plans to visit and be inspired by the Arctic on hold for a second year, but am using the time to hone my oil painting skills, enjoy experimenting and learn new skills.