My images examine the complex and ambiguous nature of being human, human experience and it’s physiological and psychological impact and effect on our psyche. I look at the rituals, conventions and visual signs of our beliefs, social idiosyncrasies and the way we express these, consciously and unconsciously.
A personal iconography has emerged over years of work and draws upon my own experiences in conjunction with a more universal cultural tradition. The lived experiences of those who find their stories reported in mass media and in the general narrative, but which hook into and effect each of our lives, combine in the layered narrative with remembered and daily life and become situated in the subconscious to manifest in the work.
The figures reveal an intimate examination of feelings, expressing both vulnerability and determined resistance. They draw us into the centre of an ongoing quest to unearth internal truths. Environment, both natural and man-made, animals and objects all provide clues and prompt us to question. The presence of multiple limbs and traces of multiple angles, transparencies and the contrast of texture and colour all work to convey meaning.
I work with a variety of media but primarily with acrylic and oils. The work is physically layered, and this reflects the complex nuanced narrative. Drawing underpins everything, both observational and imagined and numerous sketchbooks will be on show in the studio.