For me, abstraction can be a natural progression from initial sketches, realistic paintings or photographs, distilling the elements which appeal, often into another medium. The fall of light, reflections in unexpected places, a surprising grouping of shapes, can all provoke a response. At other times, the image is “discovered” from the qualities of the collage material suggesting a course, an accidental passage in a watercolour, a feeling or a memory. There is no plan or envisaged outcome the work just develops, almost on its own and the outcome is invariably a surprise. Some of my favourite pieces have evolved in this way.

– Kathy Burman