CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
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The wellspring for my inspiration can be found in the vibrancy and power that you might experience in solitary places… deep in the forest, under the night sky, out on the ocean. Working intuitively with patterns and forms that I see in nature, I distill the motifs down to abstraction, to create paintings that are composed of intricately woven layers of colour and texture. I work mainly on canvas and paper, with acrylic paints and inks.
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I like to explore how the mood of a painting can express ideas and emotions that find their parallels in the natural environment, such as examining the way that order and balance can emerge from chaos and cacophony, or how the presence of calm just beneath a turbulent surface creates a subtle tension that can only be perceived by watching closely.
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My work is intuitive and process driven – the development of each painting unfolds like a journey or a story, creating its own structure, its own plot and evolution, and eventually, arriving at its own natural conclusion.
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My latest body of work is entitled MARE INCOGNITUM. It maps out my ideas about how the visual properties of water can elicit emotions and tell stories of feeling lost and finding your way.
I try to get into the studio every day, at least for a few minutes. Some days that means flipping on the light before dawn while I drink my coffee, grabbing a quick look at whatever I’ve got in progress before heading off to whatever damned thing is going to keep me away from my […]
It’s been a spectacularly beautiful summer here. I’ve hung both I Am The Sailor and Wild White Veils in my living room – it makes me feel like I’m swimming in the cool sparkling waters of the lake near my home. Just like the rippling waters of a lake or the ocean, these paintings are complex, dark, moody […]
Come see my newest work at the Arundel Art Show this Saturday, August 17th, from 10 until 4.