Background to my work
I paint in acrylics and oil, working with perhaps just five or six colours. My subjects are semi-abstract and abstract land and seascapes. I work to communicate the physical restlessness I feel is present as a continuously shifting intensity within a scene. As such, achievement for me is when all of the viewer’s senses are engaged when they look at the work. I want them to hear and feel as well as see so that the totality of what they experience is something almost filmic; it should never be still, never quiet.
I work with a palette knife and rag or paper towel dipped in medium to blend and drag the paint. At times I will apply the paint thickly, building layers of colour to create movement. At other times I work to create a translucence employing thinner layers of colour. I will use the palette knife or blade to scrape or gouge the work in order to create lines of movement. I might also add strands of rope fibre or ground-down coloured slate or tile which I blow onto or turn into the wet paint to add texture and dynamic. The whole business is a very physical one for me.