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 I 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 traditional music like Tin Pan Alley and Country Blues and traditional 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 street style performers and 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 which 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—which 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 are an attempt to capture feelings of
transition and vitality—like a western ballad, that
eludes to a story—a story of "Urban Culture”.