"Painting is a journey to a memory of landscape. Fragments of line and form fused with shadow and luminous space, contemplate natures ethereal qualities and its elemental changes". Paul Denham
The wild open moorland directly inspires my work but the gentler aspects of field, meadow and woodland is also present in the paintings. Especially the landscape of Raby Park where I grew up.
Artists which have continued to influence my work are John Constable, Norman Ackroyd and Casper David Friedrich's paintings of vast skies above infinite horizons. Also the more abstract markings and luminosity of Zao Wou-Ki's work.
The paintings start by layering quick, bold markings. These markings are scratched through similar to weathering and erosion found in the landscapes I explore. Lines are then scored in the paint and drawn upon the surface. These linear markings represent the contours of hillsides and the subtle details of stone walls, animal tracks and streams.
My work then evolves over this surface, forming a geology of markings and glazes. The balance of figurative detail and abstract markings capture a fleeting moment, a memory of landscape.