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I describe my paintings as ‘abstract landscapes’. Unlike the landscapes we see above the Earth's surface, these are landscapes that are hidden from view deep under our feet, landscapes that are created by nature's activity underground, affecting and influencing what happens above ground.

I’ve always been fascinated by volcanoes and the power and energy they hold, being responsible for creating our land masses so long ago. Volcanoes continue to shape and reshape our visual landscape. They not only destroy but also create new landscapes when they reveal their power above ground.

Now as an artist I still find volcanoes fascinating and the source of my inspiration. Through my paintings I’m trying to connect with nature and capture the energy that exists beneath our feet. It is this energy that is central to all my work and I continually strive to capture on canvas.

I like to work in relief using strong colour. Working in relief allows me to create something that is more alive and dynamic, adding a sculptural dimension to my work, often so heavily textured it casts shadows. Many of my paintings are triptychs. I like the movement that occurs when the image is split in this way, like the Earth splitting open.

People often say they are moved by my work in a way they can not articulate but they can feel the energy coming off the canvas.

 

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