My recent body of work is drawn from the classical theme of Memento Mori; and uses motifs such as flowers, birds and insects, which historically, are said to remind the viewer of their own mortality of the vanity of earthly glory and pleasure. I weave flora and fauna into magical, jewel like landscapes and are a continuation from my 2007 Dark Gardens series.
My paintings are based on a romantic attitude, drawing elements from traditional painterly values whilst communicating a unique expressive quality with an intuitive and spontaneous approach to my work. I often work over a previous painting, adding then rubbing back layers of paint so that the under-painting can be seen in part. This gives a sense of history to the works.
My use of jewel-like colours against a sombre background gives the paintings a back-lit quality, and the contrast of mark-making veers from subtle glazing techniques to broad sweeping brush strokes to create a dramatic stage set of landscapes and gardens.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 1990 - BA Hons Fine Art, Birmingham Polytechnic, Birmingham
2013 Twilight, Opus Art, Gloucestershire
2012 Rose Garden, Opus Art, Gloucestershire
2011 Memento Mori, Opus Art, Newcastle Upon Tyne
2013 Opus Art Nature In Beauty, Gloucestershire
2013 New Court Gallery Needles Eye, Repton Derby
2012 Equinox, Transition Gallery, London
2012 Needles Eye, Bayart Gallery, Cardiff
2012 Needles Eye, Transition Gallery, London
2012 The London Art Fair - Opus Art, Islington, London
2011 SCOPE Art Fair - Opus Art, 320 West Street, New York