I’m interested in making art that challenges and engages the viewer, art that suggests different ways of seeing. Taking risks and challenging processes drive me in my work, so experimenting with different materials are essential to my practice. I create work in 2D and 3D, sometimes a combination of both.
My latest paintings counterbalance figurative drawings against big, bold brush strokes in black acrylic where the black brush stroke becomes the backbone, or spine of the paintings on which to hang the colours, in oils. Black is essential to all my work. ‘Belonging’, and ‘Sense of place’, are recurring themes.
One of the most influential lecturers when I studied at Leeds, was painter and sculptor, George Hainsworth. He taught me that you needed courage as an artist to break away from the mould. There always needs to be an element of fear in making work.