I use systems of layering and juxtaposition to investigate the possibilities of the surface I am working on. I do not begin with a predetermined outcome. There is a mix of intentional moves alongside the spontaneous and accidental. The painting process becomes a back and forth, each mark a response to what has gone before, as I search for a resolution. The journeys are there to be seen, traces of previous layers remain in the finished work. I am interested in contrasts; the geometric and organic, transparency and opacity, solid and floating shapes, edges, lines and planes, luminous against muted colours. I look to create a certain tension in my work, for it to contain an energy. I don’t like things to be centred or complete. Shapes intrude from the edge of the picture plain or pass across it extending over the edge. There isn’t a specific subject matter. Subconsciously my daily observations do have a bearing on the work I make; the play of light and shadow, colour changes throughout the day, the forms and patterns I notice as I walk through the landscape, but I want the viewer to make their own interpretations. I don’t want to dictate a meaning, I want to open up a space in the imagination.