I love painting scenes of our local woods, gardens, willows along the river, paddlers, and people on the bike path.
I adapt some traditions of Chinese landscape painting, especially the brushwork and the sense of distance. I am drawn to Pierre Bonnard’s colour, Chaim Soutine’s distortions, and David Milne’s thin paint sketches.
An image might appear while I am painting quite by magic. A person, a house, a tree, a perfect reflection in the river. Painting intuitively I add layers of oil colour over time, often months, finding the power of the image. My challenge is to bring it to life.
Painting is my way to tell you a story. Kayaking along the river, time stands still. The sky is reflected in the water, a heron flies by. He croaks and circles back. We are both floating in space. Then there is sudden symmetry. This is where my painting wants to take you.