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My practise focuses on what can loosely be described as contemporary abstraction. I try to work non-figuratively and am interested in how a painting can be made without the need for direct reference to external source material. I try to create something new for myself. I begin with and maintain focus on the materials in front of me. I work intuitively and ‘live’ with no preconceived notions of what the work may become beyond ‘a drawing’, ‘a sculpture’ or ‘a painting’. In this way I hope to keep the process as open as possible while keeping the work in and of itself. Titles can play an important role in completing the work and are often an ambiguous reference to how the painting was made or serve to highlight current concerns in contemporary practice.
In simplest terms I set up and then endeavour to resolve visual problems. I try to make each mark or individual piece of sculpture a genuine ‘thing’. I am attempting to complete the work with each move of addition and subtraction. These moves are built up over time; often over years until I feel I can take the work no further. In all of this I try to avoid any conscious visualised completion, any preconception. I would say the only convention I employ, beyond what could be described as traditional media, is the avoidance of an overt narrative reading for the work but accept this may not always be possible.