Artist Statement 2014
My current work consists primarily of paintings created intuitively. I prefer to create paintings this way thus allowing the work to develop gradually and morph naturally into what it wants to become. I begin with a blank canvas and add colours and create marks spontaneously and intuitively until the canvas is covered. I will then stand back and spend time staring at the painting and turning the canvas to see whether a composition emerges that I can work with. If this is the case I then carry on painting - editing, adding and obliterating until I am happy with the piece. During this time the painting can remain an abstract work or morph into a landscape, figurative or still life piece depending on what I see within the artwork or what wants to appear. If nothing appears after this initial stage I carry on mark making and repeating the process until the painting speaks to me. This can often take a long time and many layers of paint but eventually the shift happens.
There are occasions when I will creating a painting using reference material (sketches or photos) but these are becoming increasingly rare as I prefer the spontaneous approach to creating art.