I deal with various themes in my work but in many of the images there is a common feeling of strength and liberation. I strive to make images that convey a sense of power and energy or potential energy. In recent years, much of the work deals with figures in motion or transition and alludes to movement through psychological states.
Over the last few years, the underwater material has formed the majority of my work. I generally use female models and try to emphasise the “otherness” that comes with being submerged below the surface. I aim to capture the interplay of light, colour and water. I paint figures in pools, lakes and the open sea; all of which present their own technical challenges through different transparencies of water. With these paintings I am trying to create a place that the viewer can really feel; a place with a temperature and a sensation of suspension and weightlessness. The larger the scale of the work, the greater the feeling of immersion for the viewer. The range of sensations shifts from painting to painting. There are obvious links with the “dry land” work and suspension and motion are present in both.
Drawing and draftsmanship have been at the forefront of my practice since my student days and continue to pay a crucial role. I enjoy the directness of drawing and I find that monochrome work serves to strip the image down, without colour to seduce, it focuses one on the content. This year, I have been filming horses to draw from as well as working with the human figure in motion. The power and energy that comes from the horse in movement has been a fantastic inspiration for me in recent months.
I exhibit with various galleries in the UK and internationally and at major art fairs in the UK, Europe, the U.S. and Asia. If you would like a list of available work, information about upcoming shows and fairs, are interested in commissioning a piece of work, or would like to make a studio visit to view work, please get in touch through the website.