Creating Art is my way of looking, seeing and understanding. It is a visual exploration of my world and my expression of it. Over time my visual language has become more evident - that of strong energetic line , texture and colour always trying to drill to the essence of my subject.
Recently a small bunch of flowers delivered on a Thursday has been the dominant subject. Over winter in my studio we have happily kept company and I don't feel I could ever tire of looking at their shapes and forms. Their opening; their scent. Suchhappiness playing with oil and chalk and collage creating depictions of these models before they fade ....and even then.....!!å
My process is also visceral: push, pull, rip, tear, sew, splash, paint then rest and return! It is all one big and continuous experiment with materials and mediums often governed by place, time, situation and opportunity.
I have worked with print: lino, screen and etching. With collage I use old magasines, old drawings, paraphenalia and books but also beautiful hand made papers. I use oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolour, pigment, dye, chalk, crayon, ink. My tools are enormous old brushes handed down and sticks whittled by my nephew. My work can end up under the sewing machine or the hose pipe. My desire and drive and love for making Art is insatiable but not always easy or succesful.
Observational drawing is vital and portraiture and life drawing challenge this skill. It is a different angle - to understand what is human, how we move is the basis of life drawing for me which I like to sum up in a few simple lines.
Success for me is work that sits happily between representative and abstraction with colour, composition and an energy that takes you to the place but lets you complete the narrative. Enjoy...