Painting is the essence of me. It is my interpretations, my feelings, my desires, my losses, my energy and my passion. I love the feeling of the paint gliding beneath my hand revealing something of me that I would otherwise struggle to communicate. Sometimes it is smooth. Sometimes scratchy. Sometimes it keeps pace with the music. Sometimes more restrained. Sometimes it is done with just my bare hands. In the beginning, I often use graphite scribbles and drawings to underpin the very rawest of the emotions that propel the painting into being. Once the painting has started to take shape, or is almost complete, I find I want to squiggle into the painting again with an oil stick or small paint brush. Perhaps to finalise the emotion or feeling being portrayed. Or perhaps to express the inner dialogue, the noise or the frivolity of a moment. Other times, to signify a unique structure or physical attribute inspired by the landscape and nature. My approach to painting is spirited with a deliberate use of contrast and expressive gestural marks. I want my art to connect with people; to inspire a sense of optimism, bold inspiration, and a feeling of something familiar. Ultimately I seek the engagement of the audience on an emotional level; the uplifting energy and joy that arises through colour and connection. You have to feel it.