I have a childhood memory of lying in the long grasses of the fields near our house in the Sussex countryside.
A retreat from the hot summer sun submerged and tickled in the coolness of the lush new growth which was alive with the sound of busy insects and full of colour from wild flowers.
Cocooned from the wider expanse of the countryside into a more concentrated intimate magical world.
Its this feeling that I recapture when Im painting, getting lost in amongst the tangled stems that reach upwards towards the bright sky.
I am fascinated by unrefined, wind blown hedgerows,pathways, and tousled untamed fragments of land. The way the light peeps and twinkles through the tangled stems, grasses and seedpods, constantly creating random patterns.
The resulting paintings are a highly decorative and patterned exploration with a semi abstract edge. Made using layers of patterned areas, overpainted and abstracted with colours, textures and line. Leaving glimpses of the areas underneath partially showing, peeping through the undergrowth.
I work on several pieces at a time working each one to a different level. In my studio I always have fresh flowers, I reference these alongside drawings and photographs. It’s a marriage of these elements that dictate the feel of the picture as it emerges.
Often the result is reminiscent of fabric and ceramic designs, another favorite source of inspiration. Inviting nature to come in from the outdoors.
“A cocktail of William Morris and Rousseau in an English meadow, with a splash of Klimt and a squeeze of Jungle book.”