The overall theme connecting all my art is a love of natural, organic forms such as leaves and flowers, which appeal aesthetically for their contour, shape and design quality. I then enjoy offsetting these fluid forms against the geometric shapes and hard lines of surrounding architecture. The use of windows to divide up and frame my images also relates to current themes in interior design; that of bringing the outside in, allowing spaces to flow and connect us to nature.
I am also very drawn to colour, and the effect seasonal light has on colour in New Zealand, for example the saturated oranges, yellows and greens of autumn. The rich greens of a lush woodland, and the pure hyacinth blues of an unspoiled sky. I use layered mixed media (watercolour, acrylic and ink) with textured patterning, to evoke sun-dappled autumnal days. I enjoy creating a sense of mystery and depth within my paintings, leaf forms coming and going, emerging out of the background of the painting then disappearing behind a solid line or a block of colour.