I have long been fascinated by the relationship between people and place; our spiritual or emotional connection with a landscape and the memories and experiences that link us to it.
My recent works have all been of Waikuku Beach, a place that I have felt a connection with since I first came to New Zealand. I have spent a significant amount of time there over 2 decades, with family and friends, but also in solitude. My Waikuku Beach series is an accumulation of studies of one location - portrayed in various weather, seasons and light - reflecting my experience and memories of this place.
My work is influenced by the seascapes of JMW Turner, “the painter of light”, as well as Impressionism and Fauvism - art movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I do not strive to achieve a realist representation of a scene, but am more concerned with the light, atmosphere and often employ exaggerated use of colour to convey my own emotional response to the landscape.