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My garden  provides a rich and varied source of inspiration throughout the year.  I have adopted an approach to gardening best characterised as "cultivated chaos" which seems to have helped the Northumberland wildlife thrive.  

The colours, shapes and vistas of domestic gardens have long fascinated me.     When I was a child  I loved building dens and playing in gardens and I am trying to evoke some of that immediacy in my paintings, hence the low view points and flat spaces.   Sheds, lawn movers, compost bins and other man made objects occasionally appear as punctuation marks in the paintings  and I use these to create colours and shapes to contrast with the naturalistic flourish of the other marks.

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