Statement

I generally make dense, vibrant paintings and images on paper, wood, and canvas with mixed media (mainly acrylic and oil paint sticks). They often combine expressionistic, graphic, and romantic elements that may be considered ‘outsider’ in style. Some are simple in layout and some are busy and complex but all do have an air of the confessional; they are deeply personal.

My artwork is associative rather than direct. I gather and distil, reach into memory and grab from life with a curious eye, combining colour and text to make an oblique commentary on my life and its place in the scheme of things.

There are also things that concern me: what is outside, or inside, wealth and poverty, primitive and sophisticated, acceptance and rejection, justice and injustice, spiritual and material, the inner and outer experience and what is real and what is imagined.

Historical references, contemporary culture, social commentary, abstraction and figuration are also used to create visual mysteries, riddles and ambiguities. There is no clear narrative or position as I filter and sample on a daily basis. What you see is a kaleidoscope of feelings and observations. However raw the composition, I always strive to bring poetry and aesthetics to the mix.

 

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