Wild places and the rhythm of the seasons are important to me. As I child I was very connected to wild and woodland areas and I have always been inspired by the unexpected colours and textures of the seasons, the patterns of the Landscape.
My first experience of living in an urban area was as a student in Leeds which I found exciting and challenging. However I loved opportunities to be out on the moors or mountains by spending many student weekends climbing in Derbyshire, The Lake District, and Scotland, feeding that inherent need and taking home a little bit of the day in sketch books. I still remain very emotionally involved with these places, along with other atmospheric hills and mountains that I have experienced over the years, in all weathers, with ever changing light.
Capturing an essence of this in my work as an artist merges memories and experience and reflects a feeling of never being satisfied - a desire to go back for more.
‘Feeding the rat’ is an expression climbing legend Mo Anthoine used when referring to his obsession with climbing mountains - he described the desire to climb as a rat constantly gnawing inside him that he was compelled to feed. A compulsion to get out there and push yourself a bit further each time is something that I can relate to.
My arts practice has evolved as an exploration of our relationship with wild and quiet places, celebrating the beauty and diversity of natural forms. I use a range of media as a direct response to this world of transient, ephemeral, and healing green spaces. My work is intense and concentrated, recognising and reconciling the scale of space and 2D representation.