I paint for joy. I see the wonder and beauty of the world around me - animals, our countryside, people - and somehow it comes through as I paint. It's a kind of magic. Art school and some wonderful tutors along the way have taught me a lot but still it's spontaneity and, well, just letting the paint flow, that lets the painting come into being and develop. Sometimes a painting will form in one day, other times like Matisse, I'll look at it another day or week and it will develop and grow - it just depends. Sometimes the paint is delicate and light, sometimes multi-layered and deeply textured. I work in whatever feels right in the moment, mostly acrylic, sometimes oil and occasionally including some drawing or highlighting in ink or pencil. I love it when a painting resonates with someone and brings them happiness. That feeling of one-ness and happiness is what it's all about.