I draw inspiration from landscape, but I aim to crystallise my visual and sensory experiences, rather than represent what I see. I mainly use water-based paint, watercolour or acrylic, in experimenting with harmonising and complementary colours. I sometimes paint wet-on-wet, and let colours bleed into each other. I enjoy the freedom of pouring and tipping acrylics as well as using brushes. Recently I have used layers of paint, masking, printing, experimenting with different dilutions, and other techniques to suggest processes of time and change. I use strong colours, think about light, and enjoy using paint.
I have been influenced by Bernd Koberling, a Berlin based painter who works outside in Iceland. He observes what is around him, making full use of accidents, and expresses feelings through colour and paint. I relate to Per Kirkeby, the Danish painter and Arctic geologist, who paints monumental oil paintings with layers of rich colours.
I look backwards to the fossil record and changes on the earth’s surface, as well as forwards to the future effects of climate change caused by the use of fossil fuels. Artists, including painters, photographers and sculptors like Rachel Whiteread have raised awareness of environmental issues, by participating in the Cape Farewell voyages to the Arctic. Similarly, Kurt Jackson focuses on the risks imposed on wild-life by environmental and climate change. Scientific projects such as the Rosetta space probe, sent to Comet 67P also fascinate me and may provide inspiration for future work.