The projects in this gallery include my mixed media painting and illustration projects.
I develop my paintings in series using collage, paint, inks and other materials. My focus is on my emotional response to specific places. I record thoughts feelings, ideas and practical notes in a journal alongside my painting series. I also create many mixed media drawings on location. The materiality of places fascinates me. In particular, how the variety of materials brings a physical uniqueness and character to a place-its stories. I use multiple layers of collage and paint to represent the impact of time and environment on these materials. I use printed text and calligraphy to help support the underlying narrative within my paintings.
I usually develop my illustrations on location in order to capture the energy of the scene. Reportage illustration enables me to tell stories of places and occasions through a combination of drawings and accompanying text.
“Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.” Edgar Degas