About the Artist
I am an abstract landscape painter, inspired by the countryside of East Lothian, Scotland, where I live and work. In my paintings, I layer colour, mark and remembered shapes to evoke a sense of the place, and my experience of being within it.
I am interested in exploring the abstract values I find when walking in the landscape. I am excited by wild open spaces, a big sky, the restless and unpredictable beauty of the sea, how the weather sweeps in and the light changes moment by moment, the astonishing colours of nature. Painting for me is not about recreating the reality of the landscape, but rather my experience of being in it – what I notice, the sensory experience, the feelings and memories I bring to it, or are summoned up by the place itself.
A love of colour drives my painting practice. The process involves many layers – some translucent, some opaque, scratching into previous layers, rubbing back, so that the painting’s history reflects the layering and complexity of the land itself. The work has its beginnings in real places and experiences, but the process of creating also involves memory, intuition, responding to the nature of the materials, so that it evolves into abstract pieces which I hope will have resonance for others too.