The familiar coastal landscape near my home is source material for my painting, but not only in representational terms. In a very personal way, paint conveys the sensations of being in the landscape; sometimes calm, restorative, or spiritually uplifting; at other times wild, dynamic, & mentally energising. Our surroundings form part of us, shape our perception, colour our thoughts & ideals. The physical, gestural nature of paint is also responsive to these thoughts and feelings. I use gesture and colour to convey the sensations of light and space, the elemental forces of nature, and the emotions that are unleashed by the experience.