Moors and mountains were my first love. I grew up in Derbyshire and my home is the Pennines. I’m an occasional mountaineer and regular fell runner. There’s a unique appeal to winter mountains, but my favourite month is May, when you first feel the warmth of the land and get serenaded by skylarks and mobbed by curlews. Wild places inspire and ground me. In my paintings I’m trying to communicate my feelings in and for those places, as well as capture the essence of the light and colours. Light changes so fast I do use photos, but in combination with memories and sketches.