I use a personal vocabulary to create sumptuous paintings. The paintings have a strong visual impact that is heightened by the use of a reduced palette. The reduction in the colour palatte has been an important factor in the paintings as I wanted to push ways of working with a certain colour or colours without adding in obviously contrasting elements.The paintings are created over a long period of time using a mixture of brush marks and thinned down oil paint washes. I often work on the floor pouring thinned paint in a controlled manner on the canvas. I then pour washes of turpentine over the surface to stain the canvas and build these stains up in layers until the desired image emerges. Working in layers builds up a surface which in certain parts resembles tributaries or veins adding depth and leading the viewer into the painting.