' The Artist in the Landscape: a Personal Quest My paintings, though inventive, never lose touch with their source in nature. I often draw outdoors and feed on direct perceptions that counterbalance the more synthetic process that develops in the studio.A personal rendition of the landscape comes through in the palpable atmospheres I try to conjure. Vibrant colour chords and carefully adjusted tonal modulations glow beneath gestural strokes, forming complex layered surfaces. My depictions consist of nature-based concoctions with invented colour harmonies. Crucial to my artistic process is the stage between the sensory experience of external stimuli and the act of creating an image.This phase of internal gestation allows impressions and feelings to germinate and ripen, unconsciously and in their own time, until brought forth in the act of artistic creation.This tendency towards abstraction is determined by the inclusion of purely abstract elements. My paintings suggest rather than describe landscape components and perspectives. The push and pull between representation and abstraction is evident in the interpretation of the local landscape genre. Shapes and forms are simplified and orchestrated into loosely rendered depictions of familiar places, often devoid of human presence or activity. The multi-layered works are rich in texture and stratigraphy - the outcome of patient scraping, scouring and re-layering of paint. Overall the palette is warm and vibrant, enwrapping the observer with a feel of the Mediterranean light. What develops is a numinous, radiant and evocative body of work fuelled by an inner light. Spatial relationships are intentionally subverted and suggestive forms and shapes tend to be subtly dislocated. This is evident in the facture of painted surfaces: agglomerations of distinct, often dry-brushed pigments and juxtapositions of complex fields of colour.The act of painting is an intuitive and evolutionary process. As a painting unfolds, the work reveals itself, both in the physical and spiritual sense.This intuitive approach to expression combines direct observation with invention, enriching the context from which this work develops. Central to the creative process of the undersigned is the desire to celebrate beauty – the beauty of natural and man-made configurations, of the fragility and mutability of matter in time and place.'