ELECTED IN 2017
"My subject matter is still life - vessels, flowers and fruit. I paint everything from my mind, myimagination and memory, preferring a flattened perspective with simplified forms. There is an emotional significance invested in the objects by returning to them again and again - like working a seam, one painting leads on to the next.
Colour, form and texture are equally important. The elements within a painting are re-arrangedand painted over many times - it is a balancing act, deciding what to leave in and what to leaveout. In this way, layers of paint are built up until ordinary paper takes on the feel and weight of old leather. The surface texture is energetically worked and re-worked, scratched, sanded and stained.
If the painting is true, you paint your own state of mind. It records who you are and how you feel - your own inner landscape. It always astonishes me when the battle on the paper resolves itself into a calm painting."