often asked what my paintings are about. I think, broadly,
the work deals with character, identity and survival strategies.
They are my attempt to understand, interpret and express 'reality'
as I grapple with it, consciously and unconsciously, while
intellect plays its part, I rely more on instinct than reason.
The paintings evolve organically. I try not to work directly
from an idea, as this lends itself to illustration, but rather
approach the work from the side; the more arbitrary the starting
point, the more authority is given to the painting.
I steal from anywhere; and inspiration has come from a snatched
conversation, a photo in the paper, or a drape from a Caravaggio.
Once a starting point has emerged, a dialogue begins and the
painting clicks into action and takes on a life of its own.
I love working on large canvases, where there is room for
invention, and small canvases, where throwaway one-liners
can develop a new line of inquiry.