As a painter I am interested in the appropriate skills and techniques necessary to fully articulate and create my work, but beyond this I also aim to challenge and question modern concepts and assumptions within a metaphysical and symbolic idiom. I use high quality traditional oil pigments, on a fine ground, which offers an incredible luminosity and depth of colour when held within glazes and mediums. My paintings evolve over time, in the form of layers, of meanings, each building upon the previous layer to an ultimate image. The use of a ‘cartoon’ may be the start of a journey, but change is integral to the final composition often as a result of a subconscious but strongly felt conviction that to change -‘ is right’.
My ongoing research of the methods and treatise of Renaissance artists has reaffirmed an inherent interest in exploring the depths of human existence, a composite of ‘feelings and beliefs’, now held between ‘art and technology/science’, and these studies have also offered a sympathetic and methodical painting process to incorporate into my practice. By appropriating images from the Renaissance, I hope to draw attention to these exquisite great artists whose work is still of value to in a contemporary society. In doing so, I am also celebrating and perpetuating their vision and techniques, concurrently linking their practice across time. More recently I have become particularly interested in the work of Artemis Gentileschi a Baroque painter, ignored for may decades, who nevertheless as a woman at this time in history was a true ‘pioneer’, and despite extreme difficulties became hugely successful and leaving a legacy of great works.
My recent work over 2017 explore notions of ‘identity’, ‘our being’ or ‘self’ – all being held within the context of contemporary life and interwoven within relationships, friendships and daily existence. By 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 aim to offer levels of meanings, for the viewer to consider and seek answers for themselves.