The British countryside gives me much of the inspiration for my work. The natural world provides my imagery, with landscape, plants and especially birds forming the core of my visual world. Birds have historically been associated with freedom, purity and perhaps even innocence. Their power of flight makes them evocative symbols of liberty, but even in ancient Babylon and China humans have caged them and kept them as pets or possessions. Many of my works explore this tension; restriction and freedom. My images of birds show them framed, tethered or under cloches, denied their freedom, they have become objects to be admired.