Size: 18.11"W x 23.62"H x 0.04"D
Year Created: 2017
I’m interested in depicting all the aspects of existence and imagination. I think in symbols and move from the beautiful to the ugly, the meaningful to the absurd. The symbols are sometimes rendered in shapes and colours and sometimes in phantasmagorical collections of objects or characters. Some of it is conscious and some of it subconscious.
My ideas are often unique to me. I don’t try to paint the same things over and over. I fill the landscape of my imagination with ever more bizarre and newly invented ideas each one growing from my previous, and ever increasing, pool of thoughts.
Anyone who likes my work will themselves have a unique perception of art and existence, I admire those who have an independent enough mind to buy it. My work has often been described as inspirational because of the feeling it generates in the viewer. As an example take a look at my painting ‘Granite’ which is full of complex meanings.
My concerns for the environment are reflected in my surreal and symbolic paintings while at the same time I constantly experiment with techniques in the form of abstracts.
If you wish commission any paintings, such as the 'Green', contact me on Artfinder without having to commit to anything other than a discussion of ideas.
Thank you for taking the time to peruse my work.
My concerns for the environment are reflected in my surreal and symbolic paintings. At the same time I experiment with techniques in the form of abstracts. I want to challenge and elicit responses. I've been accepted onto the British Surrealists website: I trained for two years at foundation level, doing life drawing and print and then I began a degree at Exeter Art College. Unfortunately my mum died in a car crash just before I started my degree and it led to my leaving the course after a year. During that year I worked over and over the same piece until all the colours were a muddy brown, and then abandoned art for a while.. I became a graphic designer during which time I did a lot of commercial art, usually illustrating everything from wildlife in a park, to steam trains, to cartoon characters. Now I’m a nursing auxiliary at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. I encounter all sorts of people who themselves are going on journeys. It fascinates me how they deal with that journey. Many suffer from dementia, others are facing the end of their lives with dignity, their life choices are somewhere between joyful and impossibly sad. I want to record all that and represent it. I feel it’s my task to speak about environmental and social issues in my paintings. The human race is a paradox that can understand so much but can’t stop itself from wholesale destruction. I’m interested in beauty, the beauty of self realisation, of understanding, of awareness. The beauty of things we can’t fathom, of darkness and finding the light, of finding that moment when we do understand and can find love. I'l use any medium. Oil. Water soluble crayons. Acrylic. Canvas. Board. Paper... and even the stage!