After leaving school I worked on projects including York Minster, Gloucester and Wells cathedrals as part of a stained glass apprenticeship. This taught me to compose and stylise subject matter around a 'jigsaw' of painted glass - an approach that still drives my work today. I am fascinated by colour and form and so want to create pieces of art that are more than just realistic representations of people and places - I want to create 'things' of beauty and intrigue. I find that I have naturally migrated towards acrylics and the palette knife as I simply love creating deep impasto effects. I relish the often frantic nature of mixing and arranging the paint in thick daubs of colour and submitting to a process that avoids getting caught up in the detail. The knife forces you to be bold and decisive with your choices and produces a kaleidoscope of shape and tone, reminiscent of stained glass, that portrays an unrivalled sense of movement and energy.