Artist Statement

I am inspired directly and indirectly by the world around me – people in my life, travel, music, reading, my family, and even subtle things I see or read on social media.

My still life works are typically everyday objects that often evoke a nostalgic feeling.  I choose them for their simple aesthetic appeal and interesting geometric or architectural components. My portraits often portray an introspective and haunting subject.

My process typically includes photographing my subjects to capture light and shadow effects that appeal to me at a specific moment in time.   I selectively edit detail to render subjects more representationally than photographically. Whether still-life or figurative, I typically present a solitary subject with a minimalist background uncluttered by narrative.  I strive to provide the viewer room for interpretation and contemplation and allow the brush work and mark making to create another layer of interest.

Perhaps due to my science background. I am constantly experimenting with a variety of mediums, tools and substrates, always curious to see new and interesting effects. For me, art is as much or more about the process as the product.  As I began practicing art alongside my daughter I was inspired to be more experimental in my use of colour.

In 2013 I adapted my style to create looser, more expressive works. I also started producing more paintings on paper and experimenting with some mixed-media. In late 2013 I rediscovered my love of drawing in charcoal and graphite with a focus on figurative works although maintaining my minimalist narrative-free backgrounds. Prior to 2014, my paintings were exclusively acrylic. Having worked in oils now, I expect to continue with this medium in the future.

An appreciation of Lucien Freud’s works sparked my interest in portrait painting.  I am also influenced by current artists including Andrew Salgado, Voka and Robert Joyner.

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