My paintings focus on the fruitfulness and fecundity of life in all its forms but principally the absorption in organic growth. I want to highlight the vulnerability of plants as a reminder of the threat our natural world is under.
Sometimes the abstracted plant forms represent in my mind the microscopic cell structures in nature. Occasionally less organic forms such as chicken wire or a mobile phone have been introduced as a reminder of constraints that are placed by human over nature. But throughout the primary desire is for focusing on growth, nurture and transformation. More recently a figure is present, introducing the relationship between the feminine and natural world.The question "How can humans co-exist with nature?" is something strong within these piecesas environmental and ecological concerns arise and eco-anxiety becomes real I find myself inclined to document and paint.
Surreal elements create playfulness and varied colour pallets introduce something beyond familiarity. A recent painting ‘Hillside Harvest’. (100” x 60” x 2.5”) was painted after a trip to India where I noticed the importance of small scale farming to help eradicate poverty and keep a diverse plate of nourishing food within the country. One of my favourite things to see were the baskets at markets on the roadside or balanced on women’s heads full of rich colour and varied goodies from tea, rose petals, spices, to fruit and vegetables.
I paint primarily with acrylic on wood panel but also enjoy the vibrancy of Indian ink on paper. I work fast with gestural movements and find it useful to use fast drying mediums. Colour is paramount both referentially and in its pure, abstract state.