My practice has emerged from journeys made between Ireland, Scotland and England. My starting point is often photographs taken in transit, ‘non-places’ that signify being ‘un-at-home’. Prevented from being fully present in a place the landscape is caught in partial glimpses, a series of snapshots piled into the memory and recomposed in the accounting of, in the form of monotypes and paintings that link past to present.
My engagement with the natural world establishes continuities with historical traditions that constantly influence my work. A particular fixed ‘view’ reflecting place or home collapses into the reveries and uncertainties of an individual artist.
The processes I use throw up constant surprises in colour, form and texture that destabilize any fixed image I may have in mind and where I allow each step, sometimes intentional and sometimes an accident to guide the next, a painterly journey to the finished image; less a reference to place than a representation of transience and the emotions experienced 'in transit'.
Winner of the 2018 St Cuthbert’s Mill Award