Your art offers us a portal to imaginary lands, and during a time when we’re unable to travel, your work offers us the sanctuary that travel once did. Tell us about the real or imagined places that most influence your work?
I don’t consciously imagine or paint a landscape – my paintings are triggered by a memory or emotion around a landscape scene. A landscape experience exists and then you move away from it and it leaves a trace; the memory or experience of it lingers. There is no specific or actual place I refer to, in that sense the places I paint are abstract and imagined. Layering paint on the canvas without consciousness allows for pure abstraction, but then consciousness kicks in along with realism, and as these states of mind merge your eyes suddenly see a literal reference to the landscape.