My work is heavily influenced by the surrounding landscape of wherever I am. Be that in the Kent Estuary of the English Lake District, North Wales, Spain or South Africa and Lesotho where I have been throughout 2013. I paint as a response to living, working and walking in the landscape. I often compose my paintings with thick, textured paint – loosely applied. I wish to convey a sense of place, and the physical process of mark-making I employ is an engagement with the environment around me. After sketches and photographs used as reference I prefer to paint and draw quickly and instinctively. My work is a visual diary, a desire to capture a sense of the vitality and living quality of the landscape around me – a response to knowing what it is like to be in the landscape – a personal response to seeing and feeling the effects of the light and weather. My art is not a complete rejection of Modernist ideology from my undergraduate studies, but essentially I paint because I want to paint. The formal qualities of my painting and drawing is important – an aesthetic in response to the aesthetic of the environment around me.