I always feel I work best when I let my imagination run free. On a quest to find new ideas, I regularly venture outside with my sketchbook, although these sketches may not materialise into a painting for many months, or sometimes even years. I try not to make my sketches too detailed so that I am not tempted just to reproduce what I have seen, but rather to interpret it in my own way, letting it evolve naturally into a painting. Working from a studio in my house (just minutes from the sea), while very convenient, does mean that my working day cannot begin until everyone else has left the house and, more importantly, left me alone. I cannot bear any noise around me when I paint. Spike and Pixie, my rampaging cats, take note!