Sheffield School of Art took first year students out to the Peak District to work plein air. This working practise has stayed with me.
I chose Sheffield due to its location near the Peak District National Park where man's influence is apparent but natural form dominates.
Photographs can be a useful aide memoir but I find outdoor studies give me a far better recall of my experiences than any number of photographs.
Among the buttercups in my neighbours garden. I've now got them growing in a large naturalised area of my own.
Most work is related to delights in the landscape, the elements, plant life, exquisite natural forms and often for the sheer pleasure of exploring materials.
Experimental work. One of several pieces I created on
a workshop I attended with friends a few years ago.
Some work has involved applying layers of paint, enjoying mark making, rubbing in, scraping back, always working to capture the essence of the original experience.