Social changes in Britain over the last three or four hundred years: increased urbanisation; the rise of ‘Green’ movements; global warming and increased environmental concerns, have increased our perception of the vulnerability of our countryside However, when one experiences the landscape that vulnerability or fragility, is not evident. There is a scary ferociousness (the ‘Sublime’) about being in the environment, which reflects our own vulnerability. It is this aspect that interests me and is what I try to capture in my landscape paintings, the wildness makes me feel alive. Whilst painting the landscape is an affirmation of my place on earth, as a right to exist in a particular space, which is linked to childhood experiences.

Born and bred in the North of England, for me the more open the space the safer I feel, even in a ‘Sublime’ environment. This need to expose myself to an unknown force or spirit, is a reflection of my need for reassurance that I am not alone, that there is a God to protect me, that life is a meaningful beginning of an everlasting natural process of death and renewal.

The history and fragility of the architecture, of Venice in particularly, also reflects my own fragility, and of those people over the centuries who have inhabited the buildings. This is one of my reasons for painting old architecture .