My love of painting at night stems from my childhood. My mother’s collection of semi-precious stones were always fascinating to me, their sparkle and brilliance I now connect to car and city lights as they resemble that same jewel-like quality. I also loved my “magic watercolour” books, I still recall the thrill of watching unknown colours appear after applying only a brush loaded with water across the pages. Now when I am painting in low-light conditions, I get the same excitement when mixing colours … not knowing exactly what will appear. A town or city comes alive after twilight; encrusted with sparkling lights, the colours vibrate and intensify … transformed from the gray light of day. Passing people come alive, energized by the buzz.
Whenever possible I paint ‘on the spot’ producing mixed media sketches or working directly onto the canvas. I bombard my senses, capturing the ‘essence’ of the moment by absorbing all the sounds, feelings and sensations around me; then transferring and rearranging them until they settle into their coloured energy flow.