It always starts with walking. Usually with a sketchbook in my pocket. Then one thing leads to another.
My artwork is inspired by the places I come to know through walking. These can be on the South Downs just a few minutes walk from my home, in wild places explored while away on holiday, in towns and cities I visit and by what I see and experience there, which could be a building, a view, a series of fence posts, a mountain range or the litter stranded on a fence.
I show my work at Brighton festival artists open houses, pop up sales and sometimes on the hill where make it.
To everyone who visited Percival Mansions Art House for the open house show, to everyone who dropped by to say hello, to the people I met for the first time, my friends, supporters and colleagues, to all the people who bought my work and who have now taken it to new homes, to my fellow artists and makers for sharing the weekends with me and especially to Cathy and Rupert for opening their lovely seafront flat to all of us. It was great!!
Walking with a sketchbook in my pocket makes for the best kind of day and while I enjoy sketching on trips abroad, I'm just as happy walking from home to work on the hills at the edge of town.
Out in the field, I use ink, twig pens, pastels and watercolour and enjoy letting pages take a dip in the stream or drag wet ink with found sheep wool and seed heads.
For urban trips, I like to fit everything into one pocket, so I take just one sketchbook, an ink pen and maybe a few watercolour crayons.
I like to make panoramic sketches on my own handmade concertina sketchbooks, sometimes adding written text as an integral part of the pieces.
At my work table, I might add collage, acrylics and more pastels, but my aim is always to try to keep some of the lovely spontaneity of the first sketches.