My approach to painting comes from influences of modern Scandinavian and Japanese design style. It also comes from a love of being outdoors - the need for sunlight on my shoulders and woolly beasts by my side. Viking blood and my Northern English birthright to roam windswept savage landscapes, prevents me from ever wanting to sit in a room painting bowls of fruit. It also comes from admiration of a long line of painters interested in technique and process to discover ways to say the same thing about landscape, differently. Some of my art idols include: Turner/Casper Friedrich/Monet/O'Keeffe/Hockney/Rothko/Agnes Martin/Ed Ruscha.
For me, contemporary landscape painting means bringing the beautiful, idyllic serenity of the natural world into our interior spaces. To have the paintings be the square of oxygen in a room that helps you to breathe, to relax, to feel optimistic, creative and inspired when looking at it. I also want the paintings to be one step removed from actual landscapes though. Inspired by them, but more visually engaging after adjusting sensations with heightened color and exaggerated textures - similar to how we would use filters in photography or our favorite App. By using luminous color, organic textures, simplicity of shapes and a dreamlike quality, the paintings offer a transport to an alluring, familiar and yet, non existent place. This feels like how we experience and share imagery today. Nostalgic impressions through rosy filters.