For most of my life I have been creating art, working with my ideas about people, emotions and feelings. In my work wish to capture, and portray, not the physical or external self, but more importantly to me, our inner selves and our relationships to each other, and to the world at large.
The human figure is the genesis of my work. I have created a simplified human figure to express the essence of who we are. The figures I use represent our human selves, evolving and growing in a rapidly changing and complicated world. It is my vehicle to talk about us, as people, living in the shifting landscape of our contemporary lives.
When working with ideas about communication, I feel there is a whole world within each person, a world rarely seen due to societal, cultural and other limitations, which form a barrier to true communication and to our really "knowing" one another, to seeing into each other's hearts or souls. Will burgeoning technologies and mass global communications take us into the future as a glorious tapestry of humanity or will we draw back, become more insular, fearful and alienated from each other?
My recent work incorporates some of my own photographic images. I have also been collecting various shapes, words, colours and fragments of images; tearing and arranging the pieces together in a small mock-up or prototype, which then gives me a great jumping off point for larger paintings. My art is intrinsically about moving forward through life with love, hope and optimism.