RockPaperWater sums up my interaction with the landscape.
Having worked for over 20 years at the top end of London's design industry, and then gaining an MA Fine Art from Central St Martins, my original landscape sketches were a guilty secret - an augmentation of long walks with my camera. You can take a photo of anything but something has to really grab you to want to make a sketch.
Then the work began to surprise me, anything went, nothing was 'wrong'... and happy accidents were allowed to follow their own directions. Slowly, they developed a life of their own and began to suggest a way forward, combining hard earned skills and experience with current circumstances - such as my own greetings cards collection.
As a lake District native, with a family history going back centuries, (a fire in the church vestry in the 1600s is when things get a little vague), my family helped make the lakes look like this. Rock from a mining and quarrying heritage, and the very first source of mark making, (Leonardo Da Vinci preferred Cumbrian Graphite apparently). The water is integral both to landscape and painting, and paper becomes the visual recipient and binder of everything.
Follow my literal and metaphorical journeys with a sketchpad, a backpack filled with art equipment as well as maps - and a flask of tea.
I've been lucky enough to visit some of the best bars in the world - but nothing beats a cup of tea up a hill with a view.