Sometimes you have to paint in the moment. I work from sketches that are drawn or painted in the landscape. These sketches are then worked from back in the studio.
For me my work is about capturing the ‘energy’ of the landscape. Whether that be a stormy day, or a quiet space, for me the important thing to capture is how the ‘energy’ felt, that day, in that spot. The beauty of this is that the landscape responds and changes to weather and seasons all the time, and is ever-evolving. The landscape is always ‘alive’ and a wonderful challenge.
I have been asked if I use photos to work from. I never do. I always work from my own sketch of the place, which for me captures the ‘energy’ of the moment. Although my paintings are personal responses I hope that they inspire people’s memories of their time in nature.