Painting still feels like an experiment to me. I don’t know how it will end, or if it is ever finished. Often my work is expressed without visual reference but as an emerging process of discovery. I paint to satisfy myself, to lose myself in a space which is dynamic, letting the work take on a life of its own. The resulting abstraction is often suspended between the real world and the imagined. My work is loosely drawn from treasuring the ordinary things, their beauty and colour, and a lifelong love of poetry. It’s also concerned with the sense of loss and change all around us, and the ephemeral nature of things in the natural world. I paint what I see, rather than what is objectively seen.
In this series I have moved into a more vibrant palette. It’s an exploration of colour intensity through the use of repeated layers of paint and glaze. Because the work is wrought from a mix of the imagined and the everyday, it is my hope that those who view it will let themselves make their own interpretations, and see in it what they will.
“The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing”.
– Pierre Bonnard
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