Art is an adventure for me – I’m never sure what the end piece will be like. I like to take a pencil for a wander over a page and randomly make a series of shapes, then I colour in these shapes. I work with different types of crayon or pencil and just see how the colours will work together. There is something very satisfying about holding the pencil in my fingers and feeling the movement of my hand as I work.
Sometimes I draw a still life; when you are trying to draw accurately, you have to work with the non-verbal part of the brain – there is a stillness in me as I work: a complete focus on the objects. This attention spills over into being outside – whether in a car or on a walk – just looking at the colours in clouds that give them their shape, looking at the patterns of trees – and capturing something of that on paper.
I love working with water colours, especially wet-in-wet (when you add wet paint to paper that is already wet); you can’t control what the paint will do, the way the colours will spread into each other, or retreat. You gradually build up a collection of colours that you love working with.
I try to remember that there are no mistakes, only experiments that teach you something. The time I spend on artwork helps me appreciate the fantastic and fascinating world we live in.