Regarding my current work, I decided to restrict myself to a limited choice of materials that were mostly unfamiliar to me. Then to extensively explore the unique set of expressive qualities that each has, striving to arrange these into meaningful relationships. The chosen materials are papers from a variety of publications; containing both imagery and text, and dried leaves. These are worked-over and modified using small amounts of water-colour, ink and pencil. With several pieces on-going at any time they are revisited and reworked. Each goes in a different direction; each often suggests a route for another. Because I’m often preoccupied with accidental and chance effects I find having an object to conform to helps to restrict and focus my decision making. In this case, chickens. But this emblematic element has to play second-fiddle if the work is to be understood in its own terms. My intention is to achieve dramatic immediacy which gets the viewer directly involved and sufficient complexity which holds-up under closer examination. For me, it’s the ‘instantly felt’ qualities I have to emphasize if the work is to succeed.