I believe that art is a medium for the elevation of the spirit, yet my work remains rooted in the experience of everyday life. I present images which reflect my own surroundings – drawing sustenance from the environment in which I live: household objects, people, pets, landscapes and the varied structures within them, gardens, flowers, plants, trees, stones, hedges, grass, the odd image of a fish or a cow, a windmill or a bird.
“They are objects which we usually take for granted, but the extent to which we take these everyday objects for granted is the precise extent to which they govern and inform our lives – representing the logos of a culture and recording its life history.”
I play with different mediums, draw with different objects. My approach is based on visual sensations, and markmaking is the most fundamental element in my art – a scratch of charcoal, a line of ink, a splash of colour, is how I express emotion, movement and the essence of my theme – the subject matter merely the vehicle for the interaction of line, form, mark and texture, with colour the most important element for optic and emotional impact. My aim is not to copy my environment, but to re-interpret it, allowing a different way of seeing. The familiar images, mostly non-specific and anonymous, mirror certain human truths by capturing a gesture, a mood, an emotion – Although I interpret nature, I strive to express the essential character of things, submitting it to the spirit of the place… a condensation of sensations, so to speak.”
My work rests on and reflects energy. An energy established by activating the canvas with chance markings – initially using the blank surface as a palette or space to jot down fragments and scraps of ideas, and then proceeding with the actual painting which ultimately becomes a dialogue between the canvas and me.
I want the viewer to interpret the work according to their own imagination and frame of reference. The outcome is never predictable, and the eventual context and meaning of the work for the most part intuitive and a “happy accident”.
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