To me, a 'finished' painting is just the visible end-result of a struggle to set
down emotional reactions, feelings and moods. I try not to think in terms of 'abstract'
or 'figurative' - the distinction between them is subjective and often blurred. Instead,
I revel in using bold colour and texture as a vehicle to convey what I cannot through
words. Whatever motif emerges from the fray is often a welcome by-product and takes
the role of supporting actor.
I work mostly in oils and acrylics, frequently combining the two media in one work.
The bold, quick-drying immediacy of acrylics is a marvellous foil for a slower, more
considered approach with oils.