I like to draw and paint those ordinary things and activities that I am most familiar with . . . but my subject is usually chosen because, at a deeper level, there is something within it that feels vital to me. In retrospect I see a painting like 'Tumble', which depicts about twenty sheep huddled precariously together, to be a private metaphor for the fears and anxieties I was experiencing back in the early 1990's. However, I hope the painting also works on a more universal level and, with the benefit of hindsight, might be seen as a portent of the chaos and devastation which foot and mouth disease was about to bring to farming in the UK.
Exhibited in 'Love, Labour and Loss - 300 years of British Livestock Farming in Art' in 2002/03 at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, UK and then at Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, UK - Curated by Clive Adams.