Painting is my way of dreaming myself elsewhere. In my Suffolk studio I create dramas of exotic lands that take place on homemade stages, representing the places I have been or even journeys yet to travel. All the life of the forest, swamp and savannah is played out by creatures made of paper, plastic and string, consciously posed and lit as any actor.
I am creating happy stories, deliberately comfortable, so obviously artificial. There is no blood, no death, and even elephant dung is colourful and shiny. These are worlds created thousands of miles from the jungle, but a million miles from the wild!