I have always been connected to "Urban Culture”, street performers, buskers, and musical entertainers.
I feel a sense of kinship with those who express themselves openly and believe a similar creative impulse is what moves me to paint.
My most inspired studio work often follows a sidewalk encounter with a transient musician or the discovery of a good act in a
local pub. I am particularly drawn to western music and Blues and traditional western instruments like the fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and mandolin. I have been creating thematic art works for years and I am still inspired by the creative diversity, inherent in urban settings.
My paintings are acrylic on canvas and through the use of various layering techniques, each painting goes through a unique intuitive process, bringing it to a natural, narrative, finale.
I start by creating a loose felt pen drawing and rather than attempting to “tighten up” the image, I strive to retain its fluidity.
I do this with the use of exaggerated brush strokes and an unmixed palette of primary hues. My initial free-formed lines, are eventually exposed through the use of a more liquid acrylic paint, which I squeeze onto the canvas. Upon closer inspection, one will find several layers of beaded painted line.
This creates depth and a sense of movement, as though a split second of time is being captured.
The under painting is mixed on the canvas, much like the Impressionists and Post Impressionists did. This technique gives a dynamic but “ghost-like” quality to the figures.
As each piece nears completion, there is a juxtaposed sense of balance, with ambiguous space, form and colour.
The physical qualities of my paintings I attempt to capture, are feelings of
transition and vitality. Like a western ballad, my goal is to create work that
eludes to a story, a story of "Urban Culture”.