When I paint these pictures I am aware of the materiality of them; the paint, the paper, colours, textures. They come intuitively and instinctively from within. A process of letting go and opening up.Then come all the decisions about how to get the thing right. Many layers and many changes, much work over lengths of time. Sometimes a slow and gentle building of surfaces, patiently piecing fragments together, sometimes vehemently tearing away. They carry weight and light, surface texture and illusion, a reverence for the elements, the force and the form of nature, a world of contrasts and tensions; images of time and space. What becomes evident later is that somehow contained within these pictures is the ‘spirit’ or ‘essence’ of a place or experience. The tissue paper in particular seems, by it’s rich surface texture and movement contrasting with its diaphanous and ethereal effect, to contain elements of flesh and spirit.