In the past I have worked on a variety of subject matter ranging from figurative to landscape. However over the last 8 years I have been moving more and more to the landscape. Exhibitions and art prizes have played a part in dictating this direction however it is impossible to deny the importance and influence our landscape has upon us and therefore our art. I do a lot of work in the landscape itself. Which I believe is the only way to achieve a real response to the subject before me. It develops my observations and palette that I could not achieve in a studio situation. This knowledge both tangible(studies) and in my head is then used on larger pieces in the studio. These pieces are approached on a different level with different aims, Because the larger pieces take longer to do and more sittings, different thought processes occur.