Painting is my creative outlet and my stress-buster. I would not call myself an artist – I am just a painter, dabbling in my oil paints and trying to figure it out. I work in oils because they dry slowly giving me time to rework and blend the colours, and allowing me to be flexible. They also blend well with each other, so that I can mix subtle variations of colour, and create light and shadow more easily. It is usually colour that inspires me first. I begin a piece by picturing it finished. I know a piece is finished when I no longer have the impulse to put any more paint on my brush.

I feel that I have done my job as a painter if someone looks at one of my paintings with pleasure to their eye or to their spirit. I feel a kind of magic in transforming a blank canvas into something that gives pleasure, stimulates the imagination or draws the mind into a different place.