"Although I read around my subject my research is practice based and begins out in the landscape responding to what I see, hear and feel. I sketch, take notes or photographs, pick up items such as stones or dropped twigs, even record sound. I often close my eyes and record sensations that way. These are the raw materials from which I develop my ideas (often as doodles or odd lines of writing), studies and then final works. "
Home - the Woodlands of North West Surrey 51N 040W
Work shown here represents a selection of images and notes - a stream of investigation and research that will progress eventually to finished works.
It is the quieter, colder seasons that interest me the most and I head to the woods from late autumn as leaves start to fall until early spring when the first new leaf buds appear. I think that sense of quiet and tranquillity is what I'd like to capture eventually in the finished works, though when I write about the woods it is often about secrecy, hiding and adventure, solitude and escape.
Where I live the woods were a favourite haunt of highwaymen in the eighteenth century. That sense of nerve, elan and Romanticism hangs about the place though I'm sure it was squalid and frightening too. The evidence is there in a local road name - Gibbet Lane - where highwaymen were hung and their bodies left to rot as a warning to other miscreants.
Not knowing how these two ideas will resolve themselves is part of the fun of research by doing and making....