"Small Arrangement in Square Vase"
"Plums and Melon under Stargazer Lillies"
"Small grouping with Cherries on Blue"
When people view my work they are
struck by the bold strokes and the strong use of color. It reminds
them of some of the greats ‘Cezanne, Matisse, Gauguin’.
Certainly my first response is often to color and light, I find ways
to enhance this response.
was quoted as stating ‘Seek the strongest color effect
possible... the content is of no importance.’ Within my work I
find an uncanny resonance and empathy to these remarks. For it is
not the subjects I respond to but their shapes and forms, and the
emotions and drama that they produce. I’m drawn to subjects through
nuance and often quite subtle lighting effects, however this is
simply a starting point for my creative process. Though initially I
work closely with the subject, I progressively move away from the
source, choosing instead to focus on the canvas itself. A painting
should stand alone, and be judged and appreciated on it’s own
merits; and there’s nothing drearier than a faithful representation.
By working on the canvas alone I can bring more of my vision, my
emotions, and passion to the work. Thus, I become closer to my
Within my paintings I strive
to create a singularly unique vision on the world. A projection of
my feelings, and imagination on the subject, providing a distinctive
voice that is unlike anything else. Every painter leaves their marks
on the canvas, it’s impossible to hide, whether with brush, pencil
or knife, we can always see the artists mark and recognize the work
with how they paint. This identifiability and the importance of
‘having a style’ is fundamental to me. I would feel I had failed
unless my work is instantly recognizable and seen as distinctive and