Why I Draw

Drawing is always a process of seeing and experiencing to me. In my work, I like to use a journey through a landscape to structure and inspire the artworks of each project.

These pathways take the forms of endurance open water swims and treks through the summits and lakes of the Atlas Mountains, the Indian Himalayas, the Australian Outback and the Scottish Highlands. Drawing is instantaneous. It allows me to quickly record aspects of these surroundings, yet it is never fixed, finished or immobile. This makes it the perfect process to give visual form to these experiences. The medium supports the message, and each drawn line etches its way into the surface of the paper like a new route marked on an old map.

Drawing whilst trekking through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Drawing whilst trekking through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco

I enjoy the simplicity of using only a pencil and a sheet of paper. For me, it is a way to flatten all the hierarchies between the objects, textures and experiences that find their way into each drawing.

Drawing is a reflection of my own physical, psychological and sensory perception of an environment or landscape that I move through. It records the way that I make this process intelligible to myself.

A drawing of a chance meeting and conversation in Madrid

A drawing of a chance meeting and conversation in Madrid

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