Artist’s Statement

I see my creative path as being one with no absolute destination – the process of creating is as important as the result.

In my work I often like to explore the tensions between chaos and form – and how chaos can break up stagnant forms into something more dynamic, or how form can bring beauty out of what was inchoate, messy and ugly. Thus, sources of inspiration for me might include city encroaching on country and vice-versa, the dynamism of volcanoes, oceanic tides and so on. However, as the creative process for me mainly comes about via a process of psychic automatism, so that it is guided by an ebb and flow of subconscious impressions, both inner and outer landscapes tending to be superimposed upon in other, in any given composition.

My pieces may be layered, worked and reworked again, so that an inner alchemy runs through as a theme in all my works, whereby each piece is further altered and refined into something very different from something that may have been either mundane or gross to begin with. These gross materials have sometimes inclused materials that might otherwise be perceived as rubbish – glass crystals from broken cars/buildings, clay, melted polystyrene and so on. The layers of my works often represent memories encoded in newer and older surfaces, just as everything that ever happended to the Moon is ’recorded’ by marks and shapings on its surface. thus reflecting mood. The layers are also intended to create the sense of age or erosion within my larger pieces.

I especially prefer to work with translucent and reflective surfaces where the shimmer of gold, silver, copper or iridescent paints capture light and therefore infuse my works with mood and in this respect, are interactive with the environment in which they may be placed.

My abstract drawings are sequential in the way a musical composition might be.

My life drawings endeavour to produce a more accurate likeness of the model in terms of proportion and pose, whilst imbuing each image with my own, unique style.