I am developing towards painting with a rich texture of oil paint, making contrasts in light and dark, warm and cold colours, and complementary contrasts. I make a focal point in each painting to draw the viewer’s attention. To influence the viewer, I incorporate quantitative uses of paint in the composition. I also use colour in order to achieve moodiness and atmosphere in my work. Format is also important in drawing in the viewer; an intimate portrait of a cat points towards a smaller format than say, a majestic sea.
My ambition is to find a balance between the abstract and the figurative, so that the viewer has a ‘feel’ of what the painting means, rather than looking at a ‘straight’ picture.
I want my paintings to convey moods as well as what I love in life, including nature and my connection to it, whether that is the sea, my cats, or the trees. What distinguishes my work from others is the level of power that the painting provokes, the bold use of colour and its evocativeness.