“My reasons for painting the way I do are two-fold. First, certain aspects of the visual world (my ‘subjects’) strike me so forcibly that I am impelled to give expression to what I see. Second, I have the innate desire to create surfaces which are interesting in a decorative sense. This is the mysterious element, because after all, the camera can do the other thing reasonably well.
I find it a great challenge to try and achieve this second aim without too great a transformation of the subject. I want my paintings to show a respect for and understanding of the subject, but nevertheless to make their immediate impact by virtue of the decorative elements which hopefully they possess.”