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ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are about movement, rhythm and intensity of feeling and, though there is a suggested narrative, the viewer is invited to draw their own conclusions. 

 

Figures look off into the distance or, absorbed in solitude, face the unknown future, caught in fragile, fleeting moments. Often these moments are everyday, recreational scenes - there’s nothing posed or grand about them. 

 

It’s in the painting that I hope to capture, magnify and distil a lyrical quality in these activities: people in cafes or bars distracted, or on a journey somewhere - lost in landscapes. 

 

I enjoy the materiality and physicality of paint, and the subject matter often becomes a vehicle for painterly exploration of the nature of representation. 

 

I want the viewer to see the intensity and physical presence of the mark-making and the brushstrokes - to draw attention to the construction of the painting as much as its subject. 

 

Recurrent themes and motifs in my work are landscape, both metaphorical and physical, the vulnerability of the human within nature, time’s transience, the solace of the past yet also the ambiguities and illusions of memory.

 

Primarily I’m a painter, but my interests and experience extend to other art forms such as film-making, print-making, poetry and writing. 

 

 

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