I am forever challenging myself to develop my painting skills further and continue to explore my subject.
I have always been fascinated by the skill and draughtsmanship involved in painting. In my own work a great emphasis is placed on the execution, I tend to paint in many layers to build up the glow of light and depth I require to create the atmosphere and mood.
I was inspired very early on by the dramatic use of light in the work of Rembrandt, and later the paintings of Caravaggio. Both had a huge impact on me and have stayed with me to the present day, the lighting being an important part of my own work. I also greatly admire Andrew Wyeth for the atmospheric and domestic settings he portrays, the feeling of an honest moment captured with beautiful lighting.
My paintings which are focused on the female form, are glimpses of a simple everyday intimacy, I am interested in capturing that fleeting time when a person is unaware of being observed, there is something very honest and private about that moment. I hope to portray a sense of ambiguity for the viewer to arrive at their own conclusions and evoke an emotional connection with the model. I use a variety of techniques in my painting including glazing which has the ability to bring out amazing colours and depth from the transparency of certain oils, although each painting often has a slightly varied approach depending on what I feel it requires.