- You grew up in the beautiful landscapes of Sussex, what influence did this/does this have on your work?
I always enjoyed walking, exploring, sketching and photographing the Forest where I grew up even as a young person.
- What drew you into working with sculpture initially and what were the highlights of your time with Anish Kapoor and Anselm Keifer?
With sculpture – I enjoy the simplicity of biomorphic forms, the rhythms of repeat form, the tactility of different surfaces, properties of materials, varieties of texture and structure, drawing and space.
I enjoyed the pace, scale and collaboration on the large Kapoor and Kiefer works, sub-contracting as a set of hands and being part of fascinating, one-off 3D problem solving using a variety of large scale making technologies.
- Why and how did you transition from sculpture to painting?
Paintings can be produced quickly or slowly, use many nuanced colour and don’t require a team of sculptors, engineers, architects and project managers to make. Personally, I decided to stop doing both fields and develop just one discipline as best I could and prefer making paintings.
- Part of your practise is centred around painting ‘en plein air’ – what draws you to this method and what are the pro’s or con’s?
Oscillating between en plein air processes and studio processes can be quite chaotic at times but the challenges of continually re-evaluating what’s working best keeps between the two methods keeps it all fresh and alive for me.
- You’re a master of capturing the drama of the skies – is this the result of a life long obsession with sky watching?
The moving skies above the Downs, New Forest, Arun Valley or a Tuscan mountain range can be very dynamic, it’s meditative looking into the far distance and up into them as they constantly change. I like the gentle transitioning of the still skies too.
First art you bought — I’ve been really lucky with artworks, since artist friends have ‘given’ me beautiful, valuable artworks over the years.
Favourite artist – I would choose from all here as favourites: Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Whistler, Monet, Pissarro, Corot, Enkaoua, Turner, or a Kapoor (not sure where that would go though).
If you could own one piece of art (even if you had to rob a bank or museum) —
Probably a Van Gogh French landscape.