Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. (Walt Whitman)
Why am I an artist?
Well, that is a good question and there are many potential answers; however, the simple truth is that I make art because it is a natural thing for me to do. To create pictures is to be involved in a strange, wonderful and mysterious activity that deepens the sense of mystery and fascination that I think we all experience in our lives.
How do I use art as a form of expression?
I believe passionately in the power of art to transform both ourselves and the environment in which we live. Art enhances our lives, it has always been with us; we started drawing on walls in caves, we have a need to reflect the world around us, to present it back to ourselves in different forms.
Although from the UK, I have spent many years living and working abroad and enjoyed the experience of getting to know different peoples and cultures. I spent many years in Germany, Cyprus and most recently in the Middle East. All these places are present in my work and you don’t have to look very far to see the evidence; the blue and turquoise of the Mediterranean, the warm ochres of the Persian Gulf, an underlying preoccupation with design, order and the tactile qualities of earth and stone.
What’s my perspective?
I am primarily an abstract painter and I rarely focus on describing a particular place or geographical location. Sensations and experiences, the shapes, the colours and the textures that can be combined to create the unexpected are my main interest. I enjoy visual rhythms and sequences, the hypnotic effect of repetition and the interplay between the flatness of the canvas and our need to see depth and perspective. For me, there are close connections between music and painting. Colours and shapes can be seen as tonal or chord structures and my paintings reflect a search for harmonic intervals and visual balance.
What do I want my art to communicate?
In any discussion of seeing and perception, we know that what we see with our eyes is only a fragment of the whole story, the tip of the iceberg. We don’t merely see what is directly in front of us, we see in relation to ourselves, our past and our experiences. If my paintings have an ‘uncertain’ quality then I may have made progress because nothing in this world stays the same, nothing is fixed. The real magic and power of art resides, in the alchemy of materials, memory, awareness, experience and feeling. This is why painting is ultimately so rewarding and when you get it right…you just know.
Why am I interested in Photography?
The relationship between painting and photography fascinates me. I enjoy photography as an art form in its own right and I believe that these two visual mediums are inextricably linked. Painting had a profound effect on the development of photography and photography has influenced and continues to influence painters in many important ways. From the early days of the ‘camera obscura’ there has been a continuing dialogue between painting and photography and this can be seen in the work of many contemporary artists. I generally see my photographic work as a very different way of making images and I rarely use them as direct source material for my paintings. However, I have no doubt that the act of constantly looking at the world, even if through a viewfinder has left an indelible, if not immediately visible impact on all my work.
Foundation Course Art & Design (Liverpool University)
B.A. Fine Art (Manchester University)
A.T.D. (Liverpool University)
Master of Arts (Open University)