My work draws meaning from the resonance of experiences, places, conversations and personal reflection and responses to literature and music. It has its roots in 20th century modernism and is increasingly inspired by Northern European abstract art. It includes acrylic and watercolour paintings, woodcuts, and works in ink.
Ideas and questions about positive human values and a sustainable future are at the core of my practice: What is a good life, a good community, a good place? My responses to music and literature are meditative, sometimes using a form of automatic drawing. They are a visual proposition for increased human connection to people around us, and greater understanding of ourselves. My place-based work reflects my environmental concerns and the need to value and protect the world in which we live.
Often the work is based on a graphic motif abstracted from initial drawings, underpinned by strong lines and supported by a subtle colour palette and layered paint. For example, a mediaeval castle provides the underlying structure for a piece about wanting to protect someone I love; a Japanese bell the source material for a painting about reflection and peace; and a tithe barn and a swallow about the relationships between social structure and personal freedom.
I am very interested in how people engage with art and my work is almost always produced in dialogue, a visual call and response. My recent collaboration with Colin Pink is a good example of this. I value the response of my audience and its contribution to my practice, which opens new creative avenues and helps me to refine my language.
I am very happy to discuss exhibitions and commissions and I am also looking to collaborate with others in future group shows.
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