There are two strands to my work,
connected by inspiration and materials – traditional oil and mixed-media
paintings, and collages created from a wide range of hand-made and found
materials. I am always experimenting with new mediums and techniques, mixing it
up to strive for the perfect expression. Crossing boundaries; breaking rules.
My work reflects my fascination with the
play of light on natural forms. Whether on the scale of a landscape or a
close-up of breaking waves or lichen on a twig, I try to capture the organic
patterns and colours of what I see in that ephemeral moment; the essence that
makes that instant emotional spark unique.
I am not aiming for photorealism: I
strive to capture the resonance of the fleeting glimpse; what it feels like at
that particular moment in that particular place. My work is about the detail,
the colour, the texture, the pattern. And the emotional response they invoke.
In my paintings I love textural oils
applied with a knife, brush or fingers, but also use pastels, pencils, pens,
inks, watercolours and acrylics. Sometimes I combine mediums as the subject
In my collages I take this love of
materials even further to create intricate, detailed works consisting of many
layers and textures. In these works I may use handmade paper, hand-painted and found papers,
calligraphy, stitch, beading and found objects along with traditional paints,
pastels and pencils, and my own manipulated photographs. The viewer has to pause and study the work in depth to
understand its structure and significance: and these moments of quiet connection
then complete the work.