Time spent in gardens, beside lakes and exploring rock pools is the input; drinking in the reflections and refractions.
A shady corner of Monet's Garden in Giverny, a hydrangea bush outside a restaurant on the Isle of Skye or the colours of a seaweedy pool on a Pembrokeshire beach. The mental snapshot imprints itself onto the memory via the eyes and sketchbook and sits inside the subconscious for a while. When opportunity strikes it pipes up.
These are simply moments. The eventual output is a memory processed and embodied. This evolving series features shards of sunlight and snippets of blue skies between the tangle of growth; the above and the underneath; reflected and shaded; the crystal clear and the murkier, more confusing things. These paintings invite you to focus on the good bits and simple pleasures but sometimes tease you with temptation into a darkness.