All these works began life as drawing, even if they begin to move toward abstraction they will have begun as a drawn response to some empirical experience. I simply cannot make the painting work without that. Whilst, for me, the subject is no more than a pretext, it goes without saying that the subject must be paramount.
I would like the painting to be absolutely dependent upon its subject, whilst remaining completely independent of it. Painting is the thing that helps me understand my sense of the world in a way that is completely intuitive and yet still rational.