Primarily a landscape painter, my interest lies in the interaction of people and place. My pictures are scenes, generated largely from imagination, in which this relationship is enacted.
Brought up in rural Somerset, I now live and work in West London. My work draws on the diverse landscapes in which my own experiences have played out and on observations of the wider environment.
I often depict people and animals struggling to overcome challenges presented by the natural or man-made world. I am particularly interested in the way those on the margins of civilisation adapt to survive in surroundings over which they have little control. The shared or relative experiences of humans and other species, particularly in urban settings, form an important aspect of this theme.
I am self-taught, my last formal art education having been at A-level. I went on to do a BA in English Language and Literature at Oxford University (1998-2001), during which I was encouraged to study links between literature and art, which has had a continuing influence on my practice.
My painting is dictated by an organic, narrative approach. I do not sketch or plan; I start from an idea and develop the work around it. This may lead to ‘problems’ with composition, but I find that attempting to ‘solve’ these issues produces more interesting visual outcomes, as well as embellishing the central plot of a painting with the sort of coincidental details often conjured by real life.