I have always been entrenched in the natural world and have found that even in the most mundane arenas I can never be fully removed from its wilderness. The awesome power that surrounds our daily lives tends to elude so many, but it is everywhere if one knows how to look and I am constantly seeking to intertwine myself and soak up whatever I can. I am convinced that a great ache has developed in our society caused only by the continual separation from nature.
I feel fortunate that the world has never ceased to impress me and I derive my inspiration directly from its elements. I am truly captivated by the landscape and the vibrant colours that surround our daily lives, and this is what infuses my work. Through my art I aim to express my gratitude and appreciation for the beauty and magnificence of nature in all of its intricacies, and to instil those feelings in others.
I choose not to work from photographs, but rather from my experiences observing and existing in my natural surroundings. The earth and elements are always transforming and in understanding this, I allow my canvas to be alive, letting the colours and contours metamorphosis with moods and emotions evoked throughout the course of a work.
I am moved by vivid colour and brilliant contrasts, and work in a style of exaggerated realism using a combination of acrylic and oil paints. I seek to create in my works the presence to draw the eyes in, to enrapture the onlooker and imbue the emotions of grandeur and allurement that I experience when I view the world.