I draw a lot, usually in sketchbooks. These are mostly observational drawings done in places I happen to be, whether coastal, rural, urban or interior, at home or away.
The sketches are done for pleasure and because it helps me to be in a place and time. I don’t sketch specifically to get ideas for paintings. Instead, I flick through my sketchbooks later on and, as they are organised haphazardly, I am inspired by forgotten images. I mix many images from my sketchbooks in my paintings.
In 2012 I made a film about my sketchbooks which was shown at The Dock, Carrick- on- Shannon, Eire as part of their exhibition Working Drawing. It was also shown at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival in 2013.
In 2014 I took part in a drawing residency at Dumfries House in Ayrshire. This was organised by the Princes Drawing School.
In 2021 I spent a month at Merz in Sanquhar, Scotland. During this residency, I made several large charcoal drawing collages and some collaged three dimensional models.