I paint fragmented, abstract scenes, inspired by the weather and vistas in the UK.
My thought process doesn’t need to be important to your experience of the paintings and I invite you to embrace your own way of enjoying them.
But if you would like to know, that’s okay too.
In painting I seek to create something that feels familiar, but distant. A half-remembered dream that can evoke a range of emotions, with a sense of peculiar drama.
I think of the paintings as a single, incomplete snapshot of memory and time, that appears to make sense at a distance, but becomes incoherent upon close inspection.
My paintings are always inspired by the places I visit, including the Peak District, the Welsh coast and the rolling hills of Yorkshire, where I live. Some are of no particular place at all, however.
Instead, I aim to paint a place that evokes feelings similar to those I’ve experienced in the strangest dreams I’ve had. My relationship with sleep and dreaming has always been turbulent, but some of the most intensely mysterious experiences I still remember have been while dreaming. In this sense, I also think of the paintings having a connection with the psychedelic.
Fundamentally however, my goal is still to paint something that is enjoyable and intriguing to look at, especially under close inspection.
I have some paintings available in traditional frames, but I also build my own glassless frames with the painting mounted onto board.