My work is inspired by water, and in particular, the sea, although not in a strictly representational sense. What I try to convey are my own personal responses to what I am seeing, hearing and feeling. These responses often deal with the everyday rhythms of life and its foundations, such as the chaos and disorder that lies beneath the smooth, calm surfaces that my paintings portray. The point being that one cannot exist without the other, or indeed, be appreciated without the other. This extends to the actual process of painting. Each painting doesn’t merely exist. They all go through a series of changes, sometimes quite drastic & unrecognisable, from the earliest marks to the final, finished piece. They, in a sense, have a life all their own, a life that is born out of layers of experience, emotion and reaction to the life around them. And my intention is that these transformations will continue long after each work leaves the studio. They are made to elicit a response, on a very personal level, in everyone who sees them, lives with them. And like the paintings and the ‘places’ they come from my hope is that those responses will not be static, carved in stone, but instead be ever changing to the viewer, just like the sea, our emotions and life itself.