when I first started to paint outside of college in the 80's I always included a figure usually female, occasionally male, at this early stage I used black, white and grey, and sometimes one colour. Gradually over time I would use more colour and more things appeared also birds, trees, outlines of mountains, clouds, fish, boats. I was young very young and inward looking - at some point I started to look outside and threw myself into landscape the figures disappeared and vistas opened up. Over time the landscapes became loser and loser and there was a brief period where I missed the figures and brought them back.
Now I find that what interests me mosts is the action of painting the compulsion of gesture and the results of spent energy in colour and mark on a surface it is perhaps neither inward or outward but a consequence of it's self.