My most recent paintings are based on places in Northumberland and the Borders that I have spent time in and continue to spend time in both walking and rock climbing.
These natural places whether crags, moorland, fields, forests or sea are a rich seam of visual stimuli. Constantly changing, weather, natural light and the changing seasons keep drawing me back to these places.
Northumberland's big skies and views out to the north sea, along with the familiar tree lines in and around the Borders are represented by an horizon line in my paintings which act as compositional device.
Although these places appear quite wild they are in the main very much a managed landscape and although not always obviously referenced in my painting, it is something that interests me greatly.
Boundaries whether fences or forests demarcate these wild places and are a constant reminder of human presence in the landscape- good or bad.
Being so beautiful and with a soundscape which is so unique to less inhabited places these half wild landscapes can be very emotive.
In my work I strive to capture some of the intense feelings that the natural world can exert on us.