Who

Contemporary abstract artist.

I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember, it’s always been a way for me to relax, find inspiration and get excited by what I could do next.

I have a degree in Fine Art from De Montfort University in Leicester from 1997 from a degree course that really opened my eyes to the possibilities in painting. I started the course thinking I would do sculpture and photography and came out an abstract process painter.

I have a life long love of colour that evolves with time. I like colours which are pure, luminescent and devoid of brown and so I work in clean, bright colours, which these days means fluorescent a lot of the time because modern paint ranges and fluorescents enable me to achieve really luminous fields of colour. I am currently working with transparencies and opacities that act as both a visual and an actual layer over one another, and which are layers upon the surface layer of the canvas.

My practice

My practice has revolved around abstract and process painting and so the surface and the paint applications is what interests me, and that, I think is one of the most exciting developments of abstraction over the last few decades.

I set up contrasts in the paintings between the colours, the paint and the surface and the application method and I explore elements to do with control and restraint in the painting process. My current body of work aims to expand these concepts in a more three dimensional way where the paint and the surface are amplified and become expanses, planes and fields important in their own right and not simply an optical illusion.

I now live in Cornwall in the UK with my little family and we go to the beach nearly every day. This summer we ran miles of the South West Coast Path and immersed ourselves in nature and the great outdoors.

My art studio is based in Krowji in Redruth so I’m surrounded by a community of other creatives and artists which is a big inspiration to me.

A collaboration with the painting

There are ideas of control and tensioning that are throughout my work and which are themes that reoccur and emerge time and again. A tension in the contrast between freedom and restraint in a painting, limits and working with the painting as it evolves and the natural dialogue as the painting comes together. In more recent, geometric canvases there are ‘tensioning’ shapes and devices that link areas and layering that creates flow.

Scale and large scale canvases are a natural fit for creating a freedom within the painting allowing the experience of being immersed in them.