MY PAINTING JOURNEY...
I love working with paint and the process of moving it around to make marks gives me enormous pleasure. My canvases or panels are the main supports but I also work with paper. These works become 'friends' and I keep them around me in my home.
For several years I worked with pure oils, then in 2015 I added cold wax to my oil palette which transformed the way I made my work. The oils and wax are smooth and luscious and when they are sculpted with knives, rollers and scrapers, wonderful effects happen. The painting emerges from making intuitive shapes and one shape can inspire the forming of another.
I aim for rich evocative surfaces made by the layers of oils and wax which bring a glow and depth to the painting. Some pieces are excavated in parts with scraping tools to reveal the under painting, then finished with glazes of transparent paint.
Early in 2023 I started a new series of paintings. I wanted to focus on abstraction but also a 'sense of place'. The 'place' might be an element of nature or even a place in my mind...drawing from personal feelings old and new before or during the painting process. The beauty of abstraction is letting a viewer into a world of imagination.
The work evolves over days, weeks or even years as I will often return to a piece to rework it. The process of destruction is part of making something new and creating a painting journey. I am not afraid to add my feelings to the canvas and some work can have a dark side.
'Behind every Shadow' below, is a painting reflecting on hurt and recovery. This piece is reserved for an exhibition in 2024,