These are paintings I produce in my studio. They are developments of ideas that come to me, usually as I paint on location and as the consequence of observation. My location paintings reflect my belief that the natural world we inhabit is important to us, important in ways we dont fully understand let alone appreciate.
These studio paintings expand on the more abstract thoughts inspired by being surrounded by trees, nettles, wild flowers and grasses and open spaces. They are also a lot larger than my location paintings and take vastly longer to execute, often several months. This time span is explained by the fact that I reflect the processes of nature by allowing a paintng to 'grow'.
While the narrative of a painting is set from the begining, the exact form isn't. I describe the brush strokes as DNA and set up simple rules that govern the painting process. I dont blend colours preferring each to be a discrete application of paint. Over time, colour by colour, the painting grows until my inner voice lets me know its finished.