"Living by the coast gives me a good idea of where I am on the planet geographically speaking. I am inspired by my local area; my recent work is related directly to the coastline and an awareness of where I live. I have distant memories of childhood on the beach and surrounding promenade areas."
Personal history and geography informs Mike Briscoe's work. His paintings are essentially autobiographical in character. They are a means of giving form to the subjective experiences of his life. This is very much part of the romantic tradition stretching back to the 19th century, in which landscape and places have been used to express states of mind.