Although primarily a figurative/portrait painter, I paint whatever inspires me. I also find it useful to hone my technique with still life and floral studies.
When I paint people I am interested in conveying more than just appearance. I like to express an attitude or a feeling such as freedom or confidence or vitality. I particularly like to paint strong females, It is important to me to break away from the traditional representation of women subjects in art as submissive and objectified.
My series of ‘hidden face’ paintings work on two different levels. They are primarily pleasing to look at but also mysterious. I am playing with the theme of female identity. By replacing the face with an object like flowers or ice cream I am casting assumptions on the viewer about femininity and beauty. This is a comment on how society can view women in a very one dimensional way.
My painting technique is a mix of classical and expressive. Some of the painting is very realistic whereas other parts are pushed to abstraction. The image is often fragmented and distressed in some way, these are tools I use to make the painting lively, energetic and interesting.
My background in graphic design has helped me in terms of composition and colour. I want my paintings to be harmonious and beautiful as well as interesting.