My work explores contemporary life through figuration and the relationship between us and our environment. I interpret this through the medium of painting, questioning how we internalize and ultimately externalize our experiences.
The imagery prevalent in my work is gathered from a variety of sources including sketches, photography, writing, paintings and memories. It is autobiographical in essence and reflects meaningful experiences throughout my life encompassing grief, loss, joy, love and the multitude of complex relationships we all encounter. At times there is poignancy to my work, but this is typically countermanded by a sense of hope.
My sketchbook to me is my most valued companion throughout my work. Sometimes an idea is sparked by a chance glimpse that catches my eye and triggers a memory or feeling. An idea will formulate from this which I will scribble down and constantly refer to as it takes form on the canvas. Recently I have started to incorporate the use of digital manipulation as a part of my process, as a means to juxtapose a photo or memory with the here and now. This coupled with my use of colour is important in achieving the outcome of my starting point.