At its heart my work is inspired by my love of open spaces, light, colour and vast skies, and at the outset I often don't have a fixed form in mind. I use my many sketchbook studies and drawings as a starting point for my predominantly water based media work, from which a semi abstract composition develops, and the imagery then evolves through the process of painting. Through this process I produce paintings that are vibrant and colourful and express sensations and responses to the the world around me. I moved to South Norfolk 5 years ago and live in a quiet village overlooking our expanse of Shotesham Common and am lucky to have a small studio in my garden. It has large windows which allow amazing views and natural light throughout the day, and it has been my escape during our ongoing lockdown. It's full of my work, art paraphernalia and, of course, paint splatters everywhere. I feel completely free there My aim is not to reproduce a likeness but to capture the characteristics of a subject, with each painting undergoing constant change until the balance and harmony of the composition is right. Energy and a sense of freedom is what I strive for, allowing the spontaneity of the paint strokes, and frequently other media, to form interesting focuses in their own right. Originally from Scotland, and having gained a BA(Hons) at Duncan of Jordanstone Art College in Dundee, ( DJCAD) after spending many years in art education both in Scotland and England I decided to embark on a full time career as an artist. I'm an associate member of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists and The Society of East Anglia Water-colourists - recently winning the RSW Presidents 2020 award for one of my paintings. I regularly show my work in a selection of venues and galleries in East Anglia and London.