Through many years in psychoanalysis following a period of personal upheaval I have become used to working with metaphor and layers of meaning to help describe and understand my motivations and this is reflected in the way my paintings take on a multi-layered feel. The canvas acts as scaffolding for acrylic paint, coloured ink, pen, texture, paper, medium, pattern and shape. It is as if the picture is hidden and perversely revealed with each new worked layer. Each painting is an evolution and I hold no pre-conceived ideas about the end product but rely on an instinctual process and therefore have a very intuitive modus operandum. My next painting may well be a continuation of one small element of the last and may seem disparate in theme but in fact connected.
For the viewer there is a sense of illusiveness and curiosity about the whole and the smaller detailed elements contained within it. Using collage adds a further dimension and illustrative technique alongside the more painterly aspects, my work often combining the two in equal measure. Using collage also allows me to illustrate a theme in more abstract ways and also to be more subversive with scale thus shifting away from a need to be representational.
Re-cycling and conservation of woodland are important to me and hence my need to express this visually. ‘Found’ objects such as newspaper, old text from books, pictures from magazines, coloured papers, fabric and pieces of bark or plastic have found themselves new life on my canvases. Old stuff given new life, nothing wasted. As in my psychoanalysis there has been opportunity for growth, life and renewal. I am also inspired by the outdoors, with nature and the sea all of which I feel a strong affinity towards. Travelling widely from Alaska to Australia has provided inspiration but also from my doorstep from local woodlands and the trees in the parks whilst walking my dog Timber.
I am influenced by a wide range of artists which include David Mach for his highly detailed use of collage, David Hockney for his use of colour and patternation, Gustav Klimt and Chris Offili for their bold decorative elements and the work of the Australian Aboriginals in their use of pattern and symbolism. Elements of all are observed in my paintings creating a unique style or hybridisation.