The Cornish landscape is a constant source of inspiration; not just its wonderful coastline, but because of its scarred, mined, interior – and the docks that have provided work for generations. Ignoring (if one can) the awful assault of development, but grasping at a historical harmony of man, work, and a life moulded by the sea. Walls and structures, textures and spaces, elements of the passage of time -
from the hidden to the revealed. I create 2D and 3D images that evolve in layers, sometimes diffused through the use of muslin/collage…whatever is relevant. Sometimes the original will break through (like paintwork on old boats) that which lies beneath the surface being of equal significance to that which is more immediately visible.
I am interested in the bridge between the so-
called reality of objects and things out in the world and the abstraction of colour, shape, pattern and texture developed in painting. My subject matter can be anything I notice of visual interest, whether it is a colour combination, the effect of light, an arrangement of shapes, or the essence of a place. I use a camera to focus on ordinary everyday things around me. The photos, along with drawing and observation, give me the information to start a painting or screenprint. The image, already perhaps ambiguous, is translated into a new composition. I work intuitively as the subject evolves, not quite knowing where the picture will finish, responding to the overall composition to make a sensation of space and colour.