Artist Statement – March 2015
The subject of my artwork is to define, describe and illustrate landscape. I feel a compulsion to record the world around me in painting, drawing and gestural mark making; in fact any way that expresses the visual experience of place.
My practice has moved away from the literal translation of formal landscape to the field of painted abstraction, where some features may appear to be obscure at first glance, but with deeper investigation they reveal many links to observed location. The inspiration for these paintings is gathered from various familiar locations, noting elements of interest, motifs and colours and then recording these qualities by taking numerous photographs or doing ‘plein air’ sketches wherever possible. Subsequent paintings are further developed from these notes, sometimes by a juxtaposition of selected elements, and sometimes using a fusion of two or more viewpoints. From these same notes, many core colours are incorporated as basic tones in the paintings, often with gestures of contrasting colour emphasising certain forms and patterns giving the painting a sense of balance or vibrancy. These descriptive forms and patterns oscillate between being easy identified shapes and those that are less defined in origin. Most of my paintings are scaled to a square shape which avoids adopting the usual long landscape format, but allows the viewer freedom to ponder what may lie outside the boundaries of this restricted form.
I want viewers to connect with the source of inspiration inherent within the paintings by their recognition of chosen elements, but at the same time, be prepared to journey into the abstract thoughts around the subject of the pictures.
I use acrylic paint as my chosen medium with the addition of pastel crayon, graphite pencil, charcoal and oil bar. I use these other additions either to define drawn structure, or to delineate various portions of the painting that I feel need emphasis or visual direction. Most of the work is on prepared ply board, which I find a stable support for heavy mark making and which allows me to scrape back paint to reveal under painting when I need this to show through.
Painters that have had an influence on my work are mostly from the pre and post war Cornish School, for example - Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson and Victor Passmore. More recently I admire the work of Barbara Rae, and American artists, Wolf Khan and Brian Rutenberg.
Landscape & City – Camden Image, London - 2015
Materials Matter – Espacio Gallery - 2014
Hertford Open Exhibition – 2014
St Albans Art Society – Best in Show 2013
Hertford Open Exhibition – 2013
New Artists Fair – Candid Gallery, Islington, London - 2013
Short listed for Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open - 2012
Short listed for NEAC Open - 2012
Cork Street Open Exhibition – 2012
Short listed for the ING Discerning Eye - 2012
Hertford Open Exhibition – 2012
Hertford Open Exhibition - 2011
St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition - 2011
Hertfordshire Visual Art Forum Open Exhibition - 2010
University of Hertfordshire Open Exhibition - 2010
St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition - 2010
University of Hertfordshire Open Exhibition - 2009
St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition - 2009 ( Commended )
St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition - 2008
Painting selected for display in the St Albans Crown Court of Justice. - 2010