As a painter the compelling and fascinating activity of creating an illusion in paint on a flat surface keeps me wedded to realism.
Still life is my preferred genre since it allows me to create an entirely novel ‘motif’ from which to work. It also allows me to work from life for a sustained period of time.
My choice of content varies but is always guided by abstract qualities rather than by ‘meaning’ or ‘narrative’.
Once I begin to study the group more deeply I discover many more rich and unexpected visual pleasures. As the still life takes on its form, the activity of manipulating colour and the use of tone to create texture, depth and volume, is both endlessly challenging and rewarding.