As a child, I was intrigued by the detail in Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings, and later by Constable’s tree sketches. I’m influenced by Modern Scottish Colourists, thanks to my grandmother’s involvement with the Bongate Gallery, Alnwick. I’ve developed mainly as a colourist, attracted to elements of landscape: trees, water and ruined castles, working in a variety of media. My paintings capture the tension between intimacy of detail and the broad sweep of landscape and sky. I’ve travelled widely, forming deep connections to the lives of people who have worked for generations with the land. This has influenced how I approach my painting.