The subjects for my paintings are drawn from any number of sources: from imagination; from direct observation and experience; from man-made media and art history. In a world overflowing with still and moving images, nothing and everything is a worthwhile subject.
The starting points for my work originate in many different places and they all develop along the same set of processes. Although landscape is dominant in my ideas, I have developed an interest in the textures formed by the various methods of decay on materials, man-made and natural. A recurring theme in my work is rust with its multitude of colours and textures.
My knowledge of the history of art combined with the experience in looking at artworks is deep and therefore there would be many influences prevalent in my own work. However, I have always had a keen interest in the work of the Japanese woodblock printers of Ukiyo-e, the Floating World, the painters of the Renaissance, and twentieth century artists too numerous to mention.
Artists who deal with a combination of the abstract and qualities of texture such as Tapies, Anselm Kiefer and David Nash have been strong influences in my development although I am always looking, learning and changing.