Past time spent as a designer in television and theatre has strongly influenced the painting and drawing that I now focus on. Screen imagery is frequently referenced, both in terms of creating scenic, architectural structures and in the use of deeply contrasting lighting to create a dramatic effect. Connected to this is an interest in paintings from the past that display a fascination for the kind of lighting that is a forerunner of film lighting today, in which subjects emerge from dark, evocative backgrounds. I also enjoy the manner in which paint and pencil allow a slow reveal rather than the rapidly unfolding story line of film both in the process of making the image and in the viewing of it.
‘On the far edge of the city’ series :
My most recent work looks at that space where the city meets the country - where nature connects with the built environment. I am interested in how buildings insert themselves into the landscape and also in the drama this collision can create. Although the figure is now largely absent from my work a human presence is suggested not only by linear architectural forms but also by the glow of light in a window.
I started this series at the beginning of 2020 however this work has now taken on a new meaning. All the paintings deal with the issues/ elements mentioned above - however the houses perched on invented hillsides outside the city have become ‘havens’ for me as they seem now to represent safe and peaceful places of refuge.