I paint with coloured slips directly on to the dry clay surface. This immediacy allows for spontaneity and greater tonal depth. I use stencils and wax resist and a lot of my imagery is a response to what I see around me, particularly the colours and textures of the natural world and the urban environment. Looking closely at tarmac for instance, one can see that it is often multi-coloured. When cars run over leaves squashing them into the road surface they leave the perfect leaf shape punctured with the texture of tarmac. In autumn of course, one sees wonderfully multi-coloured leaves strewn about everywhere – gathered around a drain grid or over pavement slabs or up against the kerb-side or even stewing in puddles with the blue sky reflected in the water. Scatter and flow, rhythm and movement are consistent themes in my work, along with a bold and joyous approach to colour. This is some of the vivid imagery that inspires me and that I try to translate into my work through colour and through drawing.