I am a painter of figures: a creative practice I utilise as a mode of research. I draw out the common threads in narratives shared across times, places and communities through painting, cultural influences and histories of surface.
Through appropriating traditional techniques, pivotal moments of the 20th Century are the backdrop for insignificant personal recollections. I’m acutely aware that at some indefinable point, the obsessively reiterative painting process finds its own momentum. Then the pictorial tales I set out to depict take on a life beyond my original intentions. As a result, I find myself relentlessly revisiting works that I don’t fully recognise. Resolution is only finally reached when the outcome encompasses and successfully consolidates all the layers of process, paint, narrative, gesture, history and culture with the present I know.