I'm an artist designer and maker with a profound love of colour. For me it has a lyrical energy and exuberance that really resonates and it's at the heart of everything I create. I’ve always been aware of colour pattern and texture in the world around me and vibrant use of these is a signature of my work along with a playful layering of shades tones and marks. It’s a visual vocabulary that I express in abstract form.
I’m at heart an explorer. I like a sense of the unknown and I’m seduced by the freedom of experiment so my practice is a combination of fine art, craft and digital techniques. Painting is the foundation and I work intuitively, playing with materials and mark making directly onto whatever surface I'm using. From there I can choose to follow any number of directions mixing diverse materials and methods to create sophisticated pieces.
Music has always been important in my life. It has an energy and it’s often present when I’m working in my studio.The act of mixing materials and processes also gives me a sense of composing redolent of the tempo and dynamics of musical composition. It’s something I often see reflected in the gestures shapes and marks of a finished piece of work.
How it feels to be an artist is a very personal thing and not always easy to sum up but for me this quote from Kurt Vonnegut always seems to ring true:
"Go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art no matter how well or badly is a way to make your soul grow for heavens sake. Sing in the shower, dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You'll get an enormous reward. You will have created something"