My main source of inspiration and renewal, in life as well as art, has always been natural spaces. So I simply try to create beautiful places in my paintings. The constant transformations taking place in the natural world intrigue me. I think our spiritual and creative life is in similar flux, and that we acquire morality and wisdom from observing the natural way of things. So in the imaginary landscapes I draw, there is always movement and ambiguity.
I like to leave the maker's marks, the means of creating illusion, quite apparent to the viewer. Although I do a lot of plein air drawing, the more complex paintings are from memories of observation.
There are two important influences on my technique. My training in designing typefaces has heightened my awareness of how the edges and spaces between things define what we see. And my admiration for Chinese brush painting has shown me how you can create opulence from the humblest of tools. My most recent paintings have been about bringing these two spheres, the East and West in me, into some kind of fresh synthesis.