The paintings stem from numerous visits to Kearney in County Down, N.Ireland. In the works I suggest rather than describe the topography of the landscape. They are a contour of my feeling or response to the setting, an inscape as opposed to a landscape.
I am using colour as a means of expression. Form and light are achieved by working over coloured grounds, patterns of colour creating energy. The strength of the colours is held in balance by structure, which emphasises their vibrancy, but resolves it into an overall calm. The compositions create a sense of simplicity and purity, built on formal principles of ﬁrmness and balance, proportion and structure. I am interested in the plastic space of a ﬂat plane, such as a canvas: perceived rather than real space.
There is an image from Apollinaire that conveys the beauty of light
– The window opens like an orange / the beautiful fruit of life.