"Charon by the river Styx" 2018-19

"Charon by the river Styx" was based on the death of my mum and associations of death and transition. The figure in orange represents Charon the ferryman who transports the dead to the afterlife. The small female figure behind him is my mum. I have placed her behind the "barrier" of the blue and navy striped fence. The flowers above her head symbolize death and a life that has withered away. 

"Stand Your Ground" 2018

"Stand Your Ground" is essentially a painting about searching for the unattainable. It is based on personal feelings of despondency and a reference to my interest in Greek mythology. I was always intrigued by the image and the physical effort endured by "Sisyphus" the mythological king of Corinth as he persistently struggled with his burden to ascend a hill, only to have his hopes consistently dashed as each stone was destined to roll down every time he reached the top. 

'Judith Beheading Holofernes' 1598-99 


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When Fools Crow 2018

"When Fools Crow" 2018

The main theme of "When Fools Crow" is opportunities lost. This image was an experiment with painting in a much more realistic style. The pharaoh is actually a female character inspired by Caravaggio's "Judith Beheading Holofernes". I've given her an Egyptian Headress as a reference to my time living in Cairo and my general interest in Ancient Egypt.

I've included Tyrion from Game of Thrones because I like his defiant pose and confrontational glance. I would like to make more references to my personal interests in my artwork, and this piece was an experiment in using a character from popular culture to see how this would affect or shake up the general equilibrium of the piece.

"The Essential Dilemma"

 2017-19

"The Essential Dilemma" is a painting about loss and contemplation. The figures have been placed within a beach setting to suggest an atmosphere of fun or tranquility to mask the underlying story. Each figure is rooted to the spot, with eyes shut, to represent the idea of being unable to move forward physically or emotionally.

Sheila Stewart

This image of Sheila Stewart MBE the Scottish traditional singer and storyteller, was pivotal in changing the direction of my artwork. This was taken from a specific moment of the BBC 2 documentary 'Where You're Meant To Be', where she was reflecting upon her advice to musician Aidan Moffet from Arab Strap on how to be authentic in style when singing traditional folk ballads.

The visual intensity of her stare and general mood of despondency caught my interest as she became increasingly critical of Moffet's approach and his interpretation of the music.

"Carry Her Gently" 

Inspired by Stewart's expression, I decided to transform her into one of my own characters, an Egyptian priestess, to reflect her noble count​enance and life's devotion to her work. The painting is loosely based on aspects of Dante's inferno and notions of the afterlife.