All my work is based on the places I have visited over the last few years. I'm fascinated by the hustle and bustle of city night streets. The sounds, the smells, the lights and in particular the reflections they create. My aim is to produce work that evokes these feelings within the viewer, almost allowing them to step into these scenes, experiencing the lights, sounds and movement.
I feel in order to paint these scenes you must see them first hand and travelling is an integral part of my work. I need to hear the sounds, smell the smells, soak up the atmosphere of a particular place. I also use my camera as a back up to these experiences treating it almost as my sketchbook. When taking photographs I know exactly what I am hoping to capture in my composition. The camera also allows me to play with movement, such as passing vehicles.
I then work from a series of photographs and choose certain elements from each one bringing them together in one composition.