My work is an extension of my creative energy, and a deep need to make images which hopefully bring other people pleasure too. I like my work to have a sense of celebrating and delighting in the inherent qualities of oil paint and paper predominantly but not exclusively, as i like to experiment with different types of materials. The process of expressing myself with colour and texture is important to me. It is also a way of clarifying emotions and making sense of new experiences, and also a creative ground on which to bring peace and a sense of achievement. Influences include Emil Nolde, Sandra Blow, Andy Goldsworthy, Henri Matisse, Keith Vaughan, Barbara Rae, Nicholas De Stael, Kurt Schwitters, Joan Eardley, Grayson Perry, Robert Motherwell and Ian McKeever.