The inspiration for my pictures comes from running and walking in the country, mostly in the cooler evenings of autumn and winter. Sometimes I am lucky enough to see a memorable image as the light and weather change and a picture forms in my mind’s eye.
Once I get back I jot down a quick pencil sketch which I then work up into a finished picture over the next few weeks. My aim is to try and reproduce the atmosphere and feel of the moment rather than an accurate replication. The most challenging aspect is to get the finished picture to reproduce the freshness of the original image, through my memory and initial sketch. Sometimes I return to take a few reference photos but don’t find this essential as it can dilute the feel of the original image.
I use a combination of media – pencil, charcoal, pastel and acrylic washes, usually on thick cartridge paper. If you wanted to categorise my work I would call myself a figurative artist/illustrator in the landscape tradition.
Some evenings it has been a real privilege to be out in the countryside, spending the last hour of daylight following paths and experiencing both wind & rain and beautiful stillness. I hope some of that feeling comes across in the pictures.