What inspires you?

I am inspired by life, by other artists, by the people around me. I grew up in Cornwall, where the coastline surrounds the land on three sides. I could always see something beautiful in the landscape around me, now I am living in London that becomes harder. However, I have been getting up very early and now manage to see the sun rising, I try to see it set at the end of the day as well. I love to see how the sun changes the colour of everything as it rises and falls. The change is at its most dramatic at those times of the day. I have to admit that I am sometimes surprised by what inspires me; it can be something as trivial as rubbish on the ground or as grand as architecture. There are days where I do not feel inspired at all but I will still pick up the brush and work; inspiration can come from the creative act itself.

What other elements in your life effect your work?

My own interests and philosophical beliefs have fed the work enormously. I have recently begun to examine my Christian upbringing and what it meant to me. I have a big interest in the philosophies of the East i.e. Taoism and Buddhism. I am fascinated by that way of looking at the mysteries of life, the multitude of things that can happen in a single day and how we cope with it all. My own mood will, after all, affect how I work.

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