I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY THE SKILL AND DRAUGHTSMANSHIP INVOLVED IN PAINTING. IN MY OWN WORK A GREAT EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON THE EXECUTION, I TEND TO PAINT IN MANY LAYERS TO BUILD UP THE GLOW OF LIGHT AND DEPTH I REQUIRE TO CREATE THE ATMOSPHERE AND MOOD.
I was inspired very early on by the dramatic use of light in the work of Rembrandt, and later the paintings of Caravaggio. Both had a huge impact on me and have stayed with me to the present day, the lighting being an important part of my own work. I also greatly admire Andrew Wyeth for the atmospheric and domestic settings he portrays, the feeling of an honest moment captured with beautiful lighting.
“ I am forever challenging myself to develop my painting skills further and continue to explore my subject.”
My paintings which are focused on the female form, are glimpses of a simple everyday intimacy, I am interested in capturing that fleeting time when a person is unaware of being observed, there is something very honest and private about that moment. I hope to portray a sense of ambiguity for the viewer to arrive at their own conclusions and evoke an emotional connection with the model. I use a variety of techniques in my painting including glazing which has the ability to bring out amazing colours and depth from the transparency of certain oils, although each painting often has a slightly varied approach depending on what I feel it requires.