I love to 'go missing' in the landscape, forgetting everything, just feeling my own space and getting back in touch with myself again. Life chips away at you and being busy does not allow you to connect fully with nature or your inner world.

I paint to allow myself to enter my own space again and often this means feeling my way emotionally through imaginary landscapes as a metaphor for experiencing movement through actual landscapes which may be remembered or totally inspired by materials. It's always a journey, I want to be surprised and to see my 'paint tracks' as equivalents for an emotional journey. The challenge always is to find a form for these tracks and the experience of allowing them to emerge is as real as being in nature.

Recent trips to China and a painting Fellowship next to the Great Wall of China led to a deepening interest in calligraphy which I am exploring through a series of ink paintings inspired by living next to the Great Wall of China. This calligraphy reflects my imaginary journey through landscape and paint space.

While mostly landscape inspired, my paintings may contain references to cityscapes and the female form. In particular, mountains have always inspired me.