The work has a broad association with landscape and is resonant with marks made by cultivation, ancient and modern. I work building up multiple layers with palette knife and then sanding, scoring and erasing to reveal or obscure a memory of something previous. I use elements of what I see, predominantly from the landscape, paring down to simple abstraction. Contrast and balance are an important part of the work – the juxtaposition of negative space with areas of textural layering. Through the application of multiple layers of gesso, charcoal, acrylic and graphite, I am always aware of how important accident or the element of chance are, changing the direction of the work and taking it down a different route.
My training and background is in design and this has had a significant effect on my understanding of form, proportion and mark making and has been instrumental in the development of a graphic approach to the work.