In my painting I construct a space of imagination and memory. I use a visual language partly derived from the sketchbook drawings the images are often based upon, and they often feel like a tentative proposition rather than a fully developed statement. Recent work has moved to a more abstract language although the starting point is the same.

I have a BFA degree in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, where I specialised in painting and printmaking. In 1988 I did a PGCE and have subsequently taught in secondary schools for 35 years. I have shown in a number of group shows, including the New Contemporaries.

James Nairne