I've recently returned to art after a prolonged break and am loving being able to take a more freeing approach to capturing the beauty of the surroundings in the local area. I like to sketch and paint outdoors and bring these back to the studio to work into paintings. I love the many layers of paint, collage and other media that enhance the feel of what it was like to be there. I work on a number of paintings at one time and a variety of sizes. My inspiration comes from the natural environment seeing details in patterns and simplifying these by abstracting the key elements. I hope the viewer sees the depth and their imagination is stirred by what they see.