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I am an artist based in the northwest of England.

I am principally a painter of landscapes and still life but, for the past few years, I have worked in an increasingly abstract format. Much of this shift from representational painting to a more abstract approach has been inspired by my many visits to St Ives, where the rich tradition of abstract art has held a special interest for me.

I use my many sketchbook studies and drawings as a starting point for my work from which a fully abstract painting develops. At the outset I often don’t have a fixed form in mind, preferring to let the imagery evolve through the process of painting.

My concern is not with reproducing a likeness but in capturing the characteristics of a subject. Each painting is undergoes constant change until the tensions of the composition are right. Energy and a sense of freedom is what I strive for, allowing the spontaneity of the marks to be interesting in their own right.