I paint people. They inspire me to put paint to canvas. I am interested them as fellow human beings, in their families, backgrounds, histories and experiences that each shape the figure they are at the moment they sit for me. However, my scrupulous style of painting means that I never lose sight of the fact that I am a painter of incredibly stunning corporeal animals. I love flesh. I love that sometimes as I paint I become conscious of the blood pumping behind the skin effecting its abundant range of colours and tones.
By making each painting a minute enquiry into a person's physical being I believe that I can find unexpected beauty in unlikely places. I have explored emphasising this aspect of my work by painting my subjects in what might be considered unflattering poses: with the flesh squashed and distorted or under paint or mud masks. I hope to raise questions in the mind of the viewer, and indeed in the subject of the painting, about the nature of what we find beautiful about ourselves and others.
In recent years I have developed an interest in the delivery of art practice as a means to promote good mental health. Painting becomes performance as the production of artwork takes place in public spaces such as in the waiting areas or wards of hospitals. The narrative themes of the work reflect and enhance this aspect as they explore elements of biomedical science, allowing opportunities to offer learning experiences to the viewers as we discuss the thought processes and ideas behind the work.