I studied A level art at Blackpool and the Fylde College where I learnt the fundamentals of drawing and painting. These early years were very much influenced by the countryside which I lived and grew up in. I had a keen enthusiasm to get out and translate this scenery into sketches and finished paintings. I progressed my work further by studying at the Cumbria College of art and design where I took on a fine art bachelor’s degree. My style moved dramatically from a traditional approach to a kind of semi abstract expressionist style of landscape painting. I was influenced by working next to and being involved with other artists. The first thing that changed within my approach to art was the use of colour and how I became aware of its power. I experimented with different ideas and I always strived to push my art further into new and undiscovered areas. I eventually found my style moving towards total abstraction which felt and to this day feels right for me.