My paintings are the fruit of extended periods spent walking and sketching, distilling the dramatic landforms and wildness of the coast and moorland across Dorset, I often return to familiar places in between seeking out new places and inspiration. I find that sketching a place has a far stronger impact than taking photographs. The kinesthetic motion reinforces the feel of the land creating a physical connection with my surroundings. My drawings activate my memories and leave my imagination free when I come to complete my paintings. My paintings aim to simplify the complexity of the landscape and florals, drawing out the image and building and balancing shape and colour to reflect the strength and uniqueness and beauty and neat.