I collect and merge, imagery and materials from the surrounding landscape, into my work. It is a combination of fascination, exploration and discovery as I strive to achieve a closer connection and understanding of the neighbouring natural environment. Due to the succession of recent Lockdowns, I was afforded the opportunity; as we all where, to reconnect to our countryside. My process celebrates the mighty oak, the graceful birch and our rural typography. I hope my work resonates with the viewer so they may take away a desire to pay more attention and care of our natural world.
My practice uses a combination of both constructive and destructive processes, that include painting, drawing, scratching and burning. Mostly I work with reclaimed building materials, painting them and then scratching back into their surfaces so the material itself becomes the image. The result is a ‘softening’, by way of taking hard, harsh and heavy objects salvaged from the landscape, then transforming them with trailing branches into something that appears serene and delicate. An artwork between painting and sculpture, depicting the wilds of nature where not only its strength, beauty and resilience is exposed, but also its fragility.