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Painting: Oil, gold leaf , gesso , linen on Other.
‘The work is a response to my environment, the places in and around which I live the everyday; the new that has become the familiar, that has resonated the thoughts and experiences lived through here. I like that the paintings are mine only briefly while I work on them in my studio. Their life begins when they fly to another context, to a different viewer who I hope will find their own significances. This is the life of the painting. The birds animate the landscape; the stone - the earth - underlines everything, and the trees have been my enduring fascination for the past fifteen years.’
‘I am drawn to the humdrum, something you might rush past on a walk to the station and not notice, the unstudied world of plants and trees that are there in between everything else. My work is about taking these beautiful, amazing things which are overlooked and under-valued and celebrating them; re-presenting their visual value to people through painting.’
‘I am interested in the overlooked, incidental forms in nature - how painting / printmaking can draw attention to things with no conventional value and mark them as important through the use of traditional materials, such as oil paint, gesso, gold leaf, etching. I like looking at complicated shapes and drawing them with a very fine brush. The act of painting like this feels almost like stitching or weaving, as slowly with each brush mark the work comes together. I used to think art had to be complex to be good, but over time I have realised that keeping things simple or paring them down can make a bigger statement.’
Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in London
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection