Contemporary landscape paintings should be about, not of, a place and time – the expressive reaction to landscape as well as a representation of it. Seeing and experiencing the effects of weather and light and their interaction with landforms are the inspiration to make dynamic landscape paintings.
I sketch and photograph in the landscape, but paint in the studio, working in watercolour, gouache and ink on heavyweight watercolour paper. Once the painting starts to take on a life of its own, sketches and photographs are left behind. I prefer graphic images, where tone, colour and light give a strong visual impact. Walking in Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, the French Pyrenees or sailing a yacht to the Outer Hebrides makes one acutely aware of weather and landscape. The mix of light, wind and waves, clouds, islands and mountains gives unlimited subjects for paintings.