As a child raised in a religious household, I was required to study the bible. Growing into adulthood I became interested in Eastern religions and philosophies, moving away from the Christian tradition I found a new form of self-awareness and ideas about the subconscious mind. Reflection and contemplation took on a new meaning and purpose. My art practice and the desire to better understand myself have become indivisible, I have no end product in mind when I create. In a sense, I am guideless (but not lost) self-determined and drawn to resolution without knowing the final outcome. 

 

Visually I’m captivated by things most people walk past, i.e., shadows, pavement cracks, small, overlooked, spontaneous and ephemeral beauty created by chance. I explore the concept of 'wabi-sabi' through my process, serendipity, transience, and imperfection are central to my ethos. A willingness to embrace the chosen media and allow to be true to itself. 

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The process of painting is a painful one for me, it requires a certain detachment from the work, that’s to say I try to build a relationship with each image. They are often unwilling partners in the dance and just when you think you have reached a conclusion, you realise they are holding something back. I often wonder if I’ve overpainted perfectly serviceable images? (from others comments it would seem the case) However, I’m not interested in finishing a painting when it looks ‘good enough’ I need it to feel complete. As if it’s surface, both literal and metaphorical has a depth. It needs to have weight, substance. I think in many respects it’s my natural reaction to the vapid throwaway culture we live in, many things are disposable, and I refuse to become a painter that makes work as something that is purely decorative.

My paintings and oil sketches are created from memory, I purposely avoid any reference as I’m more interested in evoking feelings that a landscape may elicit. As my approach is abstract, I allow for ambiguity in the way an image is read. I often observe that different people will see either a more traditional landscape view or an aerial perspective.

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