My work is inspired by the stunning beauty of nature, and all of its’ textures and energy. I am irresistibly drawn to both its’ complexity and its’ simplicity, the perfection in its’ imperfection, the stillness and the chaos of it all, and it’s rich, endless palette of colours. I am especially drawn to the beautifully flawed bark of trees - scarred, peeling and cracked; to unassuming little poppies with their heads nodding and waving in the slightest breeze; to jagged rocks stained by centuries of running mineral waters; to raging rivers and glassy lakes; and to tumultuous prairie skies. You will find these themes repeated often in my work. With my palette knife, loads of acrylic paint and thick gel mediums I attempt to capture the depth and textures of nature that intrigue me. My colour choices could be described as “exaggerated” – I paint how I see & feel things to be: rich, vibrant, captivating and full of life, exchanging what at times is soft & subdued for bold impact. The other extreme is a near total lack of colour. In my black/white/grey scale series, it’s all about shadow and light, with select use of bright red elements in contrast to the rest of the painting. I occasionally use a high gloss resin finish in a non-traditional manner to selectively highlight certain elements of a painting. The result is a collection of highly textured pieces that reach out from the canvas and invite you into the scenes they portray - both real and imagined.