"At least half of my creative output is work on paper. This is not the medium for creating a piece of work that has been endlessly reworked and finely tuned. It is, however, ideally suited to working intuitively with fluent mark making. The act of drawing forces the artist to look intensely, and I would argue, to feel intensely.
The work in this exhibition was not painted 'en plein air' although I do value the process of drawing and painting in the landscape. (Not necessarily the same as painting the landscape.) The paintings here were made in the studio but are a distillation of drawings made outdoors. Sometimes the time which elapses between making a drawing, whilst
walking in the elemental landscape of west Cornwall where I have lived for over 20 years and reliving the experience by re-drawing it, can be a long one, often many years. But it is surprising that I can recall making a specific drawing over 20 years ago! Moreover I can see in the drawing what I felt at the time. My aim, when repainting the subject, is to faithfully retain the emotional content whilst eliminating anything which dilutes it and emphasising anything which supports it."