I tend to use watercolour these days for making observational drawings from life and for studies where I can think out and try out ideas for paintings (I tend to use oil pastel for my sketch book). Currently I use watercolour less for making finished paintings than I did in mid-career but still love the medium and use it for finished paintings when immediacy or the most delicate touches are called for.


During the 1980's I painted a large series of watercolour paintings about the fertility of the land, also probably influenced by the wonder of our own growing family. Themes covered included the garden, orchards, hedgerows, wild flowers and folklore.It was with this series of work which used the less usual 'dry on dry' technique that I believe I discovered the subject and vocabulary that formed the basis of all my subsequent painting.