My early paintings were mostly concerned with an atmospheric depiction of landscape, tending toward the abstract. These themes developed to include considerations of mapping, memory, experience and finding visual ways of connecting these different themes into a coherent whole.
Becoming interested in the representation of the human form I explored different ways of expressing content. Some of my paintings and drawings contained a sense of narrative, that a story or dialogue was taking place, with the painting capturing a single moment of the discourse. This led to paintings which attempt to explore more directly the relationship between the piece of work and its audience. The resultant work was in the form of partial portraits, with an emphasis on depicting the human eye and different ways of looking. My work now is a kind of distillation of all these elements and concentrates on the pursuit of rendering images that engage with a sense of humanity and identity. Of how we recognise in objects and images the elements that distinguish us as separate from the world of nature whilst recognising that we are inextricable linked to the basic natural elements that make up our world.
Although for me the process of painting and drawing is about self-expression and developing imagery which engages my feelings, ideas and thoughts about the world and society we live in, what is also fundamental to all of my work is the idea that the final image should be open to interpretation; that it does not intentionally contain an overt message or narrative. There should always be something that engages the viewer and offers them an opportunity for contemplation and reflection. A chance as prompted by the image, to consider their thoughts and feelings in response to it.