At the core of my work is the experience of the here and now in partnership with landscape. It’s about slowing down, finding space, noticing and absorbing the moments that are happening and not humanly orchestrated. It’s those raw, powerful and elemental moments that remind me what a privilege it is to be alive and a tiny part of the great and cyclical force of nature.
This experience has been fundamental in the development of my work over the past couple of years which I have found both challenging and exciting. As we grow, learn, live and love – we change, and so does the work we produce. I have become increasingly focused on trying to express the experience of being immersed in the landscape and elements; the feel of the wind on my face; the sun; the rain; the low winter light, and the rise and fall of the tide.
And so, the drawing, painting or monotype might be about the rain coming in from the west or the tide moving between the sandbanks but it is always about the ‘moment’, what is happening right here right now, and how that makes me feel.
I collect moments and store them in my work in the hope that my work might help give others a chance to slow down and take a moment for themselves in the here and now, and breathe a little more deeply.
The body of work I am showing here at Art at Home 2019 has been instrumental in the creation of a large-scale immersive installation recently exhibited at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. These are precious moments which I now feel ready to release and am delighted to exhibit them at Sarah Sclater’s Art at Home where I can always trust her expert eye and carefully considered curation.