Some of my newest paintings (my On The Plain series) feature stark bold landscapes. Full of drama, they showcase expansive skies, metallic earth and golden trees. For a while now, I’ve wanted to do a series focused on landscapes - the more dramatic the better. My inspiration for these series is the nature that I have been lucky to see. Having travelled to more than 50 countries, I've been lucky enough to witness some wonderful nature - including Iceland's stark landscapes, the green rolling hills dotted with trees of the UK, and the big skies and dramatic expanses of the American Southwest (such as this blood red sky landscape). They all inspire me to put on paper the colour, mood and atmosphere of being in nature.
The medium that I use dictates to some extent what landscapes I paint. To me, the beauty of my artwork likes in the movement and energy of the water and paint flow. The dynamic movement of the paint and the interaction of the water and colour on paper is beautiful and it is that movement that I seek to showcase in my paintings. This focus fits in wonderfully with big dramatic skies. The type of skies that you can see in the American Southwest (where I've been lucky enough to travel and even live for 3 months in New Mexico).
To me, no landscape is complete without some plant life - solid dramatic trees that look like they've survived storms and turmoil are my favourite. Huge oak trees, redwoods, cypresses and poplars are my favourite. Their structures are gorgeous whether their branches are full of leaves or bare.
And the last piece of the puzzle is the earth. The dark rich brown earth without which no landscape would be possible. As a keen gardener myself, I appreciate earth for what it is able to nourish and support. But I also love it for the calmness it brings to the eyes - after all, it's nice for your eyes to rest on colours that are a bit more neutral and those neutrals help offset the dramatic skies even more. But even within that neutral colour range, all is not brown - it is coppery and gold and shimmers with lots of undulations and patterns and interest and variety - and this is what I have tried to capture in my On The Plain paintings.