My lifelong love affair with making art was re-awakened some nine years ago when I discovered the Art Academy at Redbrick Mill and began attending their weekly life drawing sessions.
There the opportunity arose to work alongside other serious artists, twenty years after gaining my degree in art as a mature student at Bretton College.
I was offered guidance, tuition, space and the freedom and licence to experiment with diverse ways of working with a wonderful variety of materials, methods and applications.
I now work with collage, found objects, oils, acrylics, inks, fabrics and even tea and coffee.
The starting point is often a word or poetry I’ve read or written, a piece of music, or just a pebble on a beach. I am intrigued by their meanings and hidden histories and this runs alongside my fascination with palimpsests. These layers of text and marks made and repeatedly erased and covered over only to re-emerge over time direct my method of working. There is a gushing of marks, printing, brushstrokes, cutting and sticking, pouring, rolling and splattering in several layers. This process may be repeated time and time again.
Eventually the pace gradually slows to a long dialogue with the painting. There is time spent in meditation, questioning, uncertainty and a slow progression of ideas.
So the work evolves over many weeks or months as I wait for it to be finished - or need a radical alteration!
oil, collage and mixed media on canvas