I consider myself to be an illustrator, a visual storyteller and then a painter. After the practical restraints of using clay artistically for so many years I love the freedom of painting. To paint has always been my treat, my indulgence and an essential part of my creativity. I am striving for a connection with the viewer of my work. To tell a relatable story is my intrinsic goal.
I mostly depict people and animals to tell these tales. The ideas are constantly there, a chatter in my head that I need to pare back. I am inspired by anything and everything from Renaissance embroidery to the family dog asleep on his bed or the expression of a stranger. Through the chaos of a multitude of impressions emerges the seed of an image that I then work on to become a singular idea. This becomes my next painting.