" Drawings are the thinking before painting for me. Charcoal and graphite are just two media I use – and both provide a wide range of options in terms of application.

The drawings 2 and 3 still have the ‘sensation of place’ idea that I have been working with over the past 4 years – not quite identifying the location while having an indication of how that place had ‘felt’. .

Numbers 1,,4,5, and 6 are examples of gestural abstraction.  The rhythm of the process is what dictates and each mark is dictated by those that came before it . In this way the four corners of the paper , the charcoal or pastel and the movement of the artist’s hand is all there is.   The challenge is to make an image that conveys the magic of the process." 


Merthyr Ruxton 2018