I recreate everyday urban life into striking scenes, using vibrant colours and stirring movements. Walking everwhere with my eyes open to possible settings, I look to find stories to embellish. Having a strong passion for music and a way it interacts with the mood of the painting, I often create soundtracks to the pieces I'm working on, which also encourages spontaneity.
I used to concern myself with making everthing perfect, yet emotions and moods are made of something much more raw. I started to use pallette knives and frayed brushes to lure me in a more expressionist mode. I love it when I'm painting a figure from careful observation and it turns into someone I know and thinking of their characteristics alters the picture.
Since moving to the country, I created a body of work immersed in nature greens to seek calm and solitude which I'd been craving for years. Now visiting towns and cities fills me with a renewed curiosity, seeing with the fresh eyes of a tourist. When I find the perfect place, I sketch and take a series of photographs in succession of my 180 degree view, with people moving in and out of sight. Once all the photos are compiled, I reconstruct the elements of the scene, creating an alternate reality in a slightly distorted panoramic look.
My current practice is of blending ghostly images with the ever changing landscape of a busy city street to summon lost ...