Some ideas come at the most inappropriate times and I have to jot them down while they’re fresh. I always have my sketch pad sitting next to me as I work, and this way I can continuously refer to it and develop a theme before actually painting.
Next I decide on my colour palette which may come spontaneously or involve creating a mood board with pictures of various objects I cut out of magazines. I usually work on stretched canvas or board with acrylics or oil bars.
The beauty of acrylics is that they are so immediate. I can achieve a host textures by scratching and marking and finish a painting in one day. Once I have sketched the form of the painting and decided on the colour palette I treat it like an abstract piece of work to balance colours and textures. I gain a lot of pleasure in discovering new ways of adding texture to my paintings.
When I worked as a textile designer I learnt how to achieve different finishes by printing with scraps of material and using a variety of implements to scrape scratch and mark. Usually I know when a painting is finished. I do like to assess and reassess days later and make final tweaks if necessary.
I find it very hard to be fully satisfied with every piece I produce and I guess this is what keeps pushing me forward and striving to produce better work. Every new canvas is a means of developing as an artist and will hopefully bring more pleasure to those who see my art.