As a painter I am interested in the traditional techniques and skills to fully articulate and create my work, but beyond this aim to challenge and question concepts and assumptions within a metaphysical and symbolic idiom. I use traditional materials, fine quality oil pigments, on different grounds, which offer a luminosity and depth of colour when held within glazes and mediums. As a result these traditional painting techniques have offered me a sympathetic and methodical painting process to fully incorporate into my painting practice.
My paintings evolve over time, in the form of layers, of meanings, each building upon the previous layer towards an ultimate image and composition. The use of an original ‘cartoon’ may be the start of the journey, but change can be integral to the process, and there is often a subconscious but strongly felt conviction that to accept change – ‘is right’.
My ongoing research of the work of Renaissance artists has reaffirmed my interest in ideas surrounding human existence, a composite of ‘actions,feelings and beliefs’, often now existing within the fields of ‘art and science/technology’. By including images from the Renaissance and beyond, I hope to profile the exquisite work of these great artists and also celebrate and perpetuate their vision and techniques, concurrently linking their practice with mine, across time.
I have recently become particularly interested in the work of Artemis Gentileschi a Baroque painter, ignored for many decades, who nevertheless as a woman at this time in history was a true ‘pioneer’ and who despite extreme difficulties became hugely successful, leaving a legacy of great work.
Also over 2017 I have explored wider notions of ‘identity’, our ‘being’ or ‘self’ – all held within the context of contemporary life and interwoven within relationships, friendships and daily existence. Focusing on different channels and perspectives of human activity for example a rose suspended – in anticipation of a dance, or the simplicity of a pair of tango shoes – languishing in their box, these paintings invite the viewer to consider and seek answers for themselves.