I like to make paintings to share what fascinates me about the nature and narrative of being human - particularly the pleasures, quirks and tensions of contemporary life. Each painting is an experiment; playing with ways to mix formal and figurative elements - looking for a way to use the least to do the most.
The starting point for a picture or series will come from something seemingly incidental that I find myself drawn to. Examples include: body language, demeanour, behaviour, conversation, objects, signs, labels, light sources, colours, shapes, design details, architectural aspects and general atmosphere. I spend time reflecting on what the starting point may suggest or highlight about a particular aspect of how we live. And I enjoy researching other peoples' theories and thoughts around that subject.
Before paint hits canvas I experiment a lot. Sketched-out thoughts, photographs, memories and fragments of found imagery are played around with as composition, size, dimensions and colours get finalised. Even then there can be a lot of assessment, adjustment and possible sanding back of paint to refine and finish a picture.
I work on canvas because I get pleasure from the tactile spring-back sensation when painting and appreciate the way a finished canvas can be seen as both an image and an object.
The medium I prefer is soft-body acrylic. It's smooth, quick-drying nature helps me create flat and defined areas of bold colour. It also helps me achieve the more realistic, pared-down tonal elements which are built up by patiently applying many small layers and touches of dilute titanium white.
My aim for each painting is to create a distinct visual world that invites the viewer in with colour and engages them with detail. I hope they feel something of what first struck me and the theme I'm trying to explore, even though some pieces shift significantly from the point of inspiration. I also hope that whoever looks at one of my paintings layers on a thought or two of their own.