I’m often asked about what made me become an artist and I often give a somewhat sounding romantic flippant answer; ‘it’s something that has always been within me’ and ‘It’s something I have to do’ but in reality both these statements are true. The real question is not why I am an artist but why do I feel this way and why do so many others feel like this? Rothko once said he was ‘expressing basic human emotion’ and I think this is at the core of it. It’s about trying to ‘make real’ the relationship within ourselves and the outside world- to comment – to react – to begin a conversation. How we go about this is different because of course we are all different and as one person is expressing beauty another is expressing ugliness, as another expresses joy another expresses pain. But it’s all expression or reaction or observation. This still all sounds a bit wishy washy but in without art it I am incomplete and mute.