As a native of Scotland, I hold a deep emotional connection with the landscape there. I carry the memories of these restless terrains with me, instinctively translating the sensation of space and light into my drawings. They furnish the substance of my work.
With the focus on abstracting elements of the sky and the evolving tones of cloud formations, I attempt to capture that visceral sense of place. The drawings often start from a point of chaos, graphite or pastel are ground into the paper in an almost aggressive manner, the physicality of which allows instinct to shape the initial image.
A range of evocative atmospheres begin to form and a semblance of sense arises from the chaos, it’s at this point the painstaking process of drawing really begins, where deleting marks are as important as adding. Over a lengthy period of time the subject matter is scrutinised and amplified in order to capture that essence.
This detailed and intricate mark making is a complete contradiction to the transient subject matter, it has become an obsession that sometimes leads to a sense of dislocation rather than connection with the country I grew up in. But... it is this contradiction that allows for the exploration of these evolving landscapes and memories.
It is a constant process of evaluation and improvisation.