a painter I am primarily concerned with the examination of the
human condition, which for me includes the subjects of love, solitude,
I envisage my paintings as film stills, as they are indeed prolonged
moments from the theatrum mundi.
The influence of Edward Hopper is profoundly significant in my
role as an image-maker.
The solitary figure, which infers voyeurism, serves as a vehicle
for my investigation; the mental as well as the physical state
of the human being are of interest in my paintings.
In my work I am seeking to create a divergent world by obstructing
continuity of typically representational painting. This is achieved
by introducing un-representational aspects to an otherwise illusionistic
space, often in the form of flat colour or marks that read more
as paint than illusion. This unavoidably arouses examinations
of the painted surface and detracts from absolute absorption into
the world it represents.
The creation of this paradox between the real and the unreal causes
conflict. This duality interests me, as while one of my objectives
is to create an accessible and plausible unreality I am also fascinated
by the relationship between paint and subject matter and the boundaries
of diffusion between brush stroke and representation.