I begin my paintings in a state of playfulness and experimentation, trying to free myself from preconceived ideas of how the final piece may turn out. Layers of paint build up, colours react with one another and the painting evolves until a more disciplined searching and sorting process becomes important to prevent the work descending into complete chaos! A successful work is usually the result of achieving a working balance between order and chaos. The endless versatility, subtlety and unpredictability of oil paint really helps me in this process. I also enjoy working with ink on paper in a similar way and am very inspired by traditional Japanese art.