The main focus of my art is COLOUR which I use in an expressive way. I don’t just want to paint what I see I want paint what I feel and inject a little fun and humour into things along the way. I paint in oils, acrylics and mixed media and find that different media have their strengths according to what effects I want to achieve and how I want to work.
Whichever media I am using though, I tend to build up many layers of colour, pattern and texture before the final result is achieved. Although some of those layers may get covered over and never be seen , I believe that they subtly contribute to the final effect.
The subject matter that I gain inspiration from can vary from landscapes to portraits and more recently, following a safari holiday in Tanzania, I have been working on a series of animal paintings based on photos I took whilst there. It all started with a zebra – I was just mesmerised by the stripes and the abstract qualities that one might achieve by adding unexpected colour into the mix, I then got seduced by the wonderful shapes to be seen on the coat of a giraffe and it has gone on from there. When painting the animals I want to pay respect to them as beautiful creatures, but at the same time inject the pictures with a sense of fun and modernity.
oil on canvas