Painting and drawing forms part of an engagement with landscape and objects, experiences of contemplation and concentration, moving through, inside and outside. I try to balance process and image, surface and space, light and time. I work with oil paints, resins and waxes on wooden panels and pencil, charcoal and graphite powder on paper. Making my own gesso ground, experimenting with different recipes and consistencies, begins a rhythmic process of layering, building a luminous surface that continues within and through the painting. I use drawing to explore what I see through touch and mark-making, so it is both cognitive and sensory. Sometimes photography, like the paintings, is used to explore mutability and transience within a still image. I am influenced by post-minimalist aesthetics, botanical drawing, still life, radical abstraction, and periods in Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics where there has been a refinement to simple and reductive elements. Specific influences include Peter Saenredam, J. M. W. Turner, John Ruskin, Paul Cezanne, Giorgio Morandi, Gwen John, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Cy Twombly, Rudolf de Crignis, Antonio Tabucchi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gaston Bachelard.
|Activities||Higher education, Further education, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Collecting|
|Artforms / type of project||Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography|
|Tags||Landscape, Still Life, Surface, Light, Space, Time, Abstract, Touch, Object, Language|