A certain amount of my work is influenced by the city of my birth, York. The two small paintings, "First and Second Sister", reference the Five Sister windows in York Minster; they contain no figurative reference, they are completely abstract and are all realised in the most beautiful shades of grey interspersed with the occasional prismatic accent. "Blue and Red Map" evoke a walk on the city walls, which always gives me a feeling of encompassing the city, hence the map reference. "Ochre Path" has its roots in the demolished remains of St Mary's Abbey located in the Museum Gardens, a Benedictine abbey that met its end in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. "Keep" has its origins in Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland, the stronghold of John of Gaunt that stands majestic and beautiful of an outcrop of whin sill facing the North Sea.
The works are, self-evidently, abstract but owe their origins to an empirical experience of the real world through drawing.