What inspires you?
I am always aware of and excited by the interplay of colours, textures, layers and shapes in my surroundings. There is inspiration everywhere.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
JMW Turner, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, SandraBlow, Roger Hilton, Ivon Hitchins …….. and more recently, a contemporary artist, Hughie O’Donoghue.
For their light, colour, depth, strength, texture and line and because I just want to keep on and on looking at their work.
Tell us about a memorable exhibition or creative event you experienced.
Turner and the Sea at the Greenwich Maritime Museum 2014. Spectacular!
Is there a common theme to your work?
I would describe my work as mainly semi abstract with recurring themes around landscape and plant forms. The landscapes, for instance, are rarely representative of a specific place but a response to a memory of atmospheres, colours, layers and formations in the various surroundings that have inspired me. I often start just with various random marks (often later obscured) and/or collaged areas……….and see what happens!
What is your favourite medium or artist’s tool to work with and why?
As a printmaker, I find collographs an exciting method as it brings into play my interest in textures and layering.
As a painter, I enjoy the spontaneity of acrylic paint and the freedom of starting a piece of work with marks made by a large decorators’ brush!