My works are made on Fabriano paper in response to the seasons, the fields around where I live and my garden – all things important to me during lockdown.
I work flat using oil bars, watercolour, acrylics and pencils, layering and scratching, so that the end result is very textured. This also increases the effect of multi-layered, floating thoughts – typical of being in a dreamy state. There is a deliberate distortion of perspective and proportion to imply the transcendent state of mind accessed when reflectively entering another world. I aim to create a sort of physical and mental place in which to escape from bustle, noise and other unwelcome distractions. It is a slow, contemplative process building up and re-working the marks – sometimes with a smear of oil bar or sometimes by dampening some parts of the paper by dripping droplets of watercolour from a brush, into which I may then dip a coloured pencil creating a tiny puddle of colour. Both the subject and the creating of it are a happy kind of escapism.
I think of the repetitive marks as mimicking those found within clouds, petals, pollen granules, fern fronds, insect wings and feathers. Metaphorically, the rhythmic repetition is like that found in The Shipping Forecast, poetry and litanies so I am aiming for same effect as these things – salves to reassure us when life is uncertain. In the garden and fields, there is ever-changing infinite variety which took me beyond the sameness of everyday.
Size: 36cm h x 43cm w
Price: £630 contact (please include the title of the work)