I think art is about life and how we live it. And, because I’m an optimist, I think that art should be about appreciating the things that you find around you.
But the real point of art is the sharing, the conversation. When I paint a picture, I am offering you an experience, a viewpoint, a way of looking at the world. In a way, I am asking if you understand. Not about art, but about life, and about the world we live in together as human beings, and about the strangeness and the commonality of being human.
And me? I think too much. I like to know what and why and how, whether in anticipation or retrospect, and when I paint things I need them to be recognisable and true to the moment. I like open spaces and high hills, the comforting presence of trees and the energy of water in motion. I love a good story, especially if it has a happy ending, and I still believe that it’s possible to rescue innocent dragons from errant princes.