Welcome

My paintings contain a hidden narrative usually involving an array of contemplative characters staged against an anonymous abstracted landscape. I aim to create an air of mystery to suggest that a specific moment or event is being interrupted. That something important has just happened or is about to happen.

Process

My working method is very instinctive and primarily concerned with the process of building a painting through a series of textured layers using shellac knotting, emulsion paints and oil paints.

Throughout these layers characters will both appear and disappear until the painting slowly evolves before I decide upon the final narrative. I enjoy this process as it gives me the freedom to tell a story (or to disguise one).


Recently I have started to experiment with painting collage mock ups of ideas rather than attaching these directly onto the canvas. Mood, colour and texture are integral to each piece, but I hope that the viewer looks beneath the surface detail to make their own interpretation or conclusions about the work.

Figures

The characters in my work reflect my interest in history, specifically Ancient Egypt, Greek Mythology, and fashions from various eras such as medieval hats and costumes. I dress up characters to enact roles within a scene to depict my own thoughts, feelings or personal reflections. The final images are the culmination of fragmented images from a variety of sources, which I manipulate to tell a story.​

Caravaggio Paintings that Have Inspired My Paintings