I make figurative paintings mainly in Oils on canvas or board. The size of my studies vary from 30 to 50cm. Larger paintings are 100 -200 cm
The subject matter is portrait, landscape, daily objects or sometimes all three.
I paint because I love painting. Everyday there is something to paint about, a playful expression that lights up a face, light itself shimmering across a surface, creating pattern, an exciting colour story, the rich brown fields after the rain with white birds flocking to find succulent worms.
I continue to paint because I learn and discover so much. I learn about the paints, the surfaces and colour mixing. By observing intently, I learn about life and the human condition.
I love to visit Galleries to enjoy other artists work.
I ask myself what is Contemporary? What makes a satisfying image? What is the best way to tackle it?
I love to share these discoveries with people that are interested, the story of the painting and how it came about.
Recently, a part of my work has been finding the words to accompany the artwork.
From an idea, I draw directly on the surface, partly from observation, partly from memory or sketchbook. I then block in the tonal contrast, hound in the colour, redraw focal detail and finish with some impasto painting.
Regular life drawing enables me to develop a language for expressing ideas.