I'm not that complex
Edgy, quirky, humorous images using limited colour palettes convey thoughts we all have, places we have been and comments we could have made. My work, I hope, works on several simple levels; emotional response, compositional balance, mark making, humour and at times, create that ‘ah ha!’ moment.
Owing to career and family commitments I have not been able to follow my passion of painting for many years until a friend, which has resulted in me painting and drawing again, made a challenge. My work is primarily based on experiences both past and present. It explores bold imagery and intimate studies, which draw the viewer to take a closer look. The use of text gives an insight to elements of my recollections and humorous nature. Often, titles for a piece are thought of first and images follow.
There are two main aspects to my work, at present: acrylic paintings on canvas and graphite drawings. I work with an ever changing palette to give visual impact almost graphical, but look closely and there is movement on the surface. More recently, however, I have been working with different materials and approaches, looking at quality of craftsmanship combined with a surprise element.
I must admit, I do like to swear! and use my work as a vehicle for this; the expletive series is ongoing. As a sufferer of sleep apnea; a condition that almost took over my life some years ago, I have a strong affinity with the mask that keeps me alive.