My work explores ideas of time, speed and motion. Birds have been a point of focus recently, their speed and weight, twists and turns, changes of pace. My paintings begin with walking and sketching outside. Once in the studio I allow the materials to lead the way until eventually the colours, marks and splashes take on a life of their own - the subject matter becomes the paint. This balance between representation and abstraction fascinates me, catching a moment and reinventing it in paint.