Artist Statement

For me a painting should breathe, it should have a sense of fluidity, it should change at different times of the day and respond to your different moods.  A painting takes time to make, and this process bestows an indefinite, timeless quality on the painting itself.

The artist’s experience of looking encourages a real connection with their subject, and through that act of protracted concentration comes an extreme sense of clarity.  The physiognomy of a character connects directly to our senses, and, as in reading, the viewer should feel confided in, privy to a truth, inhabiting another’s experience.  The areas of my paintings that appear more empty act against the areas that are more densely painted to move the viewer’s attention around the painting.  The eye loses grasp on one area only to reclaim focus on another; an area can rise and fall in importance, just as one would experience different aspects of a person’s face or character.

A painting not only examines and conveys the different aspects of a subject’s present – it should also connect to a figure’s past.  In that sense you are creating a living memory.  When painting one is aware of the tradition of portraiture, but also the past experience of the subject themselves.  There is a certain element of nostalgia captured in a painting of a person, which is why it is always interesting to see what memories can be triggered in the viewer.  I very much enjoy the idea that my practice moves between an obvious visual portrayal and a deeper sense of perception and memory.  The viewer in that sense plays an active part in the artist’s storytelling, lending endless possibilities to a painting.