The majority of my work to date has been about something I refer to as 'Beach Conversations’. I am interested in suggestions of human presence within nature and convey the inspiration through representation or abstraction, or both. A particular walk I make most days along the seafront washes up a collection of images; a reflection of my thoughts, my mood, a physical presence. Beach jetsam and flotsam suggests a conversation, an event, a sensation. Drawing out and on the usability of 'waste' in the natural environment: discarded, reclaimed, colonised by nature to be washed up, reclaimed and transformed again. The process is an important part of my work. I layer diluted oil paint and beach tar, rub away paint with sandpaper to mimic the sea's wearing away of objects and take paint castings of found objects which I incorporate into my paintings. In contrast to the coast, I gather inspiration of a similar theme from the countryside inland.