Statement – 2017-06-22

The work represented here encompasses themes that have dominated me in the last few years. While studying for my Degree in Fine Art, from 2003 to 2009, I worked towards a study of ‘Mind and Body’. The projection of a video on to plaster casts of my head and shoulders, a version of which can be found on this site, being the main piece.

Since then I have followed up this theme by studying other writers and artists who are, or were, obsessed by the nature of relationships and the meaning of ‘mind’.

I have also worked on a theme looking at reflections on water, sometimes in quite an abstract way and sometimes more explicitly, including harbours and boats. Other themes, such as tree studies, have also come into play.

Most recently, I have been working on a series of images of local scenery, buildings etc, aiming to produce some smaller work.

I am still working on paper using acrylics and acrylic inks. Although ink does not always have a good name for its lasting qualities, acrylic inks have amazing light fastness even in the blue range. They also have a depth of colour beyond most of the water colour range.

The papers that I use are usually heavy in weight and of good quality, sometimes hand-made. I frame all my own paintings as I work part-time as a picture framer in Woodstock.

I live in Charlbury in Oxfordshire, England.