I have returned to painting the landscape of my native Scotland where the subtly shifting light and its effects over the land hold an endless fascination for me. I favour oil as a medium because I love its blending qualities, well suited to the myriad nuances of tonal shift I am trying to convey. I also paint in gouache and watercolour.
Working directly from the landscape and from sketches, my work seeks to explore the boundary between realism and abstraction, the point at which an image transcends the purely representational. I usually start with reference to a particular place but often the painting moves off in another direction, always remaining within the realms of realism but becoming more about an evocation of place than a faithful replica. I use brushes, palette knives and often my hands, working fast across the canvas to try to capture a fleeting moment.