My Process

My process is essentially an organic one and I often have more than one artwork on the go as I am always brimming over with ideas. I adapt my style according to the subject I am painting. I paint instinctively, usually without preliminary drawings, and compose the picture using underpainting in pencil, charcoal, or a neutral paint colour as a guide. Once satisfied with the basic form and composition, I build on this by adding background colours, working with negative shapes, and adding tone and shading to create a 3D effect on a 2D surface. I work on that basic composition till it is developed into a finished piece. I sometimes abandon traditional perspective and veer away from perfect symmetry if the composition requires it, preferring instead preciseness in brushwork and detailed images. When creating large pieces, I employ loose, expressive brushstrokes and bold colours to give my work a sense of drama and movement. By contrast when creating smaller pieces, my technique is to use purposeful, intricate brushwork, subtle tonal variations, and soft colour combinations. I apply paint in layers, adding and removing until a balance is reached which creates a palimpsest effect showing how the piece is developed. I use a similar approach to drawing where an image may be drawn, erased, and redrawn many times before completion. I have ‘happy accidents’ where I make a mark or produce a particular effect unintentionally and can’t remember how I did it and it is this what makes the process so exciting and exhilarating.Thro ugh my work I aim to make an image that is striking from a distance yet still rewards scrutiny up close.

I experiment with different mediums because I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process as each idea manifests in its own individual style, requiring a particular medium. The majority of my paintings are in oil and acrylic though I love using charcoal and chalk pastels because of their powdery texture and the ease of blending colours to create tone and definition. One of my favourite mediums is Gouache which is an exciting mix between watercolour and acrylic and works well in creating figurative work depicting social subjects. A common thread in my paintings is the use of bold, vibrant colour and of light and dark tones giving them a solid, earthy feeling. The colours which recur in my work are green -the colour of nature and significant because it is calming, symbolising nurture, growth, positivity; blue because it is uplifting and fresh; yellow, the colour of happiness and solidarity and purple because it signifies spirituality and regalness to lift the mood above the ordinary every day. A common thread in my paintings is the use of bold, vibrant colour and of light and dark tones giving them a solid, earthy feeling. When creating large pieces I like to delineate my forms with clarity using hard lines and defined form. I employ loose, expressive brushstrokes and striking colours giving my work a sense of drama and movement. By contrast when creating smaller pieces, my technique is to use purposeful, intricate brushwork, subtle tonal variations and soft colour combinations. I apply paint in layers, adding and removing until a balance is reached which creates a palimpsest effect showing how the piece is developed. I use a similar approach to drawing where an image may be drawn, erased, and redrawn many times before completion. Through my work I aim to make an image that is striking from a distance yet still rewards scrutiny up close.

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