I had no idea when I picked up a palette knife for the first time in January 2014 that I would also be picking up my passion. I recall looking at the plump new tubes of paint, the immaculate brushes and the box of small canvases and thinking they’d never be used more than a couple of times.
Inspired by time spent in SW France and working initially from photographs, I completed my first painting with a palette knife before venturing into the world of round, flat, rigger and fan brushes; I became curious about the possibilities of this new found activity. A beckoning whisper of something long hidden began to reveal itself – the anticipation of being let go into something deeper, beyond everyday living. The subject matter of my early paintings reveal something of this – they are places I would like to sit to write, read or simply contemplate, a sanctuary from the noise and pace of modern life. They often feature a window, door or archway – a portal perhaps to something beyond.
We are drawn to a future that is always beckoning, always just beyond us. Creativity is the process of conception to reality – like viewing the horizon and then walking into it. In my paintings I aim to capture the meeting of time with the timeless; the passing moment framed by what has happened and what is about to occur. Favouring a muted palette the subject and colours suggest an essence of time past spilling over the threshold into the 21st century. Apart from a couple of short courses I’m self-taught, working mainly in acrylic although I feel the pull of oil just around the corner. My style developing with each painting, is like an incredible freedom just about to unfurl!