The feeling is often more important to me than the literal observation of a scene. Initial drawings can inspire an interpretation of the place, a mood, sometimes captured on the spot, sometimes later when the various elements which have crowded my mind sort themselves into patterns or shapes to give me a connection to that “place”. I like to look for small, intimate places and the theme of shelter seems to find its way into my images. Often there is a doorway or a path, a way out of the image or a way in). I love sketching the quirky and curious architecture on old buildings, enjoying the designs and patterns of stone and brick. Some abstract designs become “places” – they do not exist in the real world, just in my imagination. We all need to escape and art allows this, in fact grants us permission to do so.

– Kathy Burman