Double-deckers and black cabs of London, red trams and terracotta roofs of Prague, white cobbles and yellow trams of Lisbon, majestic domes and pillars of Rome, Paris bikes and cafés, canals of Venice – undoubtedly cliché, but that’s where my mind travels when I pick up a brush!
I love taking photographs as much as I love painting – the two are inseparable for me. City walks with my camera, rain or shine, night and day, is where I draw my inspiration from. Through the lens I love capturing the fleeting compositions of a scene and its atmosphere as it changes with the time of year and day. It's beautiful watching the rain spilling pools of light and colour onto the pavements or the snow as it falls silently, sugar-coating everything in its path. I am compelled to paint the long shadows printed on the ground by the afternoon sun or the morning fog as it softens the edges and desaturates colours.
Recently, I have found a new source of inspiration in the animal world. It's a very exciting and unexplored subject for me and I have been having a lot of fun trying out new styles and techniques. Having gone from juggling so many different elements in my cityscapes paintings to a single focus in my animal works has allowed me to work more spontaneously and, as an added bonus, a lot faster too!
Artistically, I am still miles away from where I want to be but I am enjoying the journey and get great satisfaction from every painting that brings me a bit closer.