I love all two hundred and twenty miles of it; it's where I am most content. Some people find spiritual fulfilment in a cathedral, on a mountain or by the sea. I find it by the "mighty" River Severn.
I'm not the only person who thinks it's good for the soul. I observe walkers, anglers, canoeists, cyclists, picnickers and many more all soaking up its ethereal qualities.
Through my work I try to portray our relationship with the river and in doing so, justify my own obsession with a place that has captivated me since childhood and driven me to becoming a self-taught painter.
I combine working on-site, either from the riverbank or my Canadian canoe, with time spent in my studio and use watercolour, oils, acrylics or mixed
media; in fact anything that will fit into a rucksack. More recently I have been learning to use a graphics tablet to create digital pieces which now represent a significant step forward in my
approach to painting.
I would describe my work as intuitive, somewhere on the scale between figurative and abstract, allowing a sub-conscious approach to yield a gritty and sometimes melancholic creation.
Layers are also important in my compositions, each one having its own significance but all very often visible in the finished work from the first pencil stroke to the last and delicate wash or bold slab of colour. It's an approach that has taken time to evolve and has relied on shaking off all my earliest influences.
Now I create an individual account of the river, all two hundred and twenty miles of it.