‘As well as the River Spey and the local landscape, I’ll often head up to the nearby Moray coast where the beaches, including Findhorn, have beautiful hooped and striped pebbles. There are views to Sutherland in the far north and sand dunes with marram grass and wildflowers growing on their landward side.
I also spend time on the west coast and the islands. Every year we stay on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides where the diverse wildflowers of the machair are spectacular and grow down to the beaches, mingling with the gneiss pebbles with their contorted patterns in shades of speckled greys and white. I often return to walk and sketch on the north Norfolk coast where we used to live. It’s still a significant influence on aspects of my work.’