I am a visual artist based in Fife, Scotland. My work is largely in two streams, one figurative and one abstract painting. In the abstract work, I make instinctive, immediate marks, applying and removing a variety of media and exploring the mobility of the painted surface, while constantly re-evaluating the total with balance and substance. This method reveals the tensions and relationships between the concepts of freedom and control. Different influences enter the work as it develops: natural forms, memories and emotional states. My figurative work is more intellectually structured, and is based on explorations of an individual's sense of self. I am also interested in the intersection between memory and the recorded past through photography. In both my abstract painting and figurative work I am currently drawn to that which is uncanny, strange and liminal.