Borneo > 2003
The tropical rainforest and tales of maritime exploration continue to be reflected in my work. Indeed, travel and displacement condition my work - the many places I lived in throughout my childhood and those others my chronic wanderlust has led me to since then have always had an impact on the choices and directions I have taken. The knowledge that a new perspective can be acquired over things we believe to be "fixed" triggers curiosity and fosters a certain degree of unconformity. The need to find and learn new ways to depict whatever it is I wish to depict keeps me on my toes and doesn't allow me to settle with the tools or the style I am already familiar with - I am constantly "on the move" and my painting is meant to be a record of the path I move along.
Perceived from a distance my approach tends to be cyclic, each cycle divided into series. Progression occurs from the outside in – from the surface to the core, from a certain degree of figuration to abstraction. Upon tackling each new theme I will be struck by the outward aspect of things and charged with a strong desire to capture it. However, I choose not to, preferring to contradict this initial urge in an effort to synthesize the constituent parts that make up the whole and create my own landscapes. Thus I sway between figuration and abstraction. This will perhaps explain why each new beginning is more ... Read More