I studied BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting at Cheltenham College of Art from 1990 - 1994. I have been a practicing artist since leaving University, living and working in Oxford, London, Hertfordshire and Cornwall. I am an alumnus of Digswell Arts in Hertfordshire. I work from my studio at Krowji in Redruth and I live in Penryn, Cornwall.
‘Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes’
I have always wanted to say this out loud.
I am a painter who investigates my own experiences of the world, I hope with affection and enthusiasm. I am interested in the task of representing emotion and making images out of feelings. This is an instinctive, experimental process, reacting to what happens during the making of the piece.
I am interested in:
Describing a process of perception, discovery and regeneration.
Spitting out paint and matter as I go along. A messy and rewarding process and something that keeps me endlessly satisfied.
Creating layers of associations from scavenged sources.
A slurry of art history, of physical landscape and emotional encounters and all the fictions I have constructed in between, especially the fictions I suppose.
I like the idea of other possibilities underneath layers of paint.
Liquid pools of cobalt blue stubbed out by crimson or layers of spectre grey. In this sense I come from a long line of painters obsessed with paint itself. Its smeariness and smell seduces me.
I rarely have a plan for a picture. I want to be surprised.