My practice consists of making drawn and painted portraits of my family, friends, self-portraits and nudes. I prefer to work from life, rather than photographs so that I can involve each sitter in the making process. Over the course of each painting, conversations differ and our moods create a range of tensions which feed into each portrait, influencing my painting process. I want my paintings to convey something subtle about these encounters, as if looking at one was like wandering into a space where this person just happened to be.
I paint, draw and make etchings in my studio in Barnsley. The human face and figure are my most dominant pre-occupations but I also work from landscapes and objects to create works which contrast and complement my figurative work. I am influenced by artists such as Rembrandt, Lucian Freud, John Constable and David Hockney.