I am a contemporary abstract expressionist painter, my work stems from a subconscious and intuitive process. It is working with the serendipitous and the spontaneous that I most enjoy. I manipulate the materials to express myself, to find my own visual language. I do this by the continual layering of textures, marks, and colour to create a history of surface.
Initially there is the unbound application of colour and wax texture. This is a more subliminal act, an indirect response to music or my past and present environment perhaps. There lies both my inspiration together with the challenge. It’s at this critical point that my need for balance and form becomes the focus.
Building up layers, and gouging down to reveal what is below creates an opportunity for the unexpected to reveal itself. It is working with the serendipitous and the spontaneous that I most enjoy. I incorporate many techniques in my work, including some from my printmaking background. I like to maintain an open experimental attitude towards materials and tools.
The unfolding of mystery reveals the inherent beauty in the piece. This is what pulls me forward, leads me into the unknown, embracing and/or grappling with whatever comes up. I manipulate the materials to express myself, to find my own visual language. My work results in a subtly nuanced, rich surface that resonates with memories of places I have lived and visited.
It is not easy to paint abstractly, it took years of learning the craft before I could let go of the ‘real’ world and be free enough to allow my whole self to enter the canvas and paint what is inside. Ultimately a thorough understanding of compositional qualities is very important in creating successful abstract designs. It doesn’t matter if the viewer doesn’t ‘understand’ what it means. In fact, what it means fades into the background because the work speaks. It sings out and touches you personally. It may not do the same for your partner or best friend. But that is the beauty of art. It is your own personal relationship with a work of art that is what matters; it is an intimate and private affair. mixed media painting