work has changed drastically over the years and often
I feel exposed by the images I have produced as they
embody my essential core and lay it bare.
it is emptiness, loneliness, shame or joy, I become
almost secondary to the process as the image comes into
I begin painting, I do not have a clear vision in mind.
I start with a feeling, a sense or a memory that comes
to life through the medium I use. Charcoal is the most
direct access to this place within me that permits direct
expression. Working in oils marks a different process
both psychologically and creatively. Images lie in layers
beneath the surface, symbolic of my struggle to discover
the true metaphor that wishes to be seen.
earlier works were created from real spaces. Through
unconscious process, I translated the actual space into
an impression of how I saw the world using colour, omission
more recent work evolves from a deep pool of images
that emerge into consciousness, guided by listening
and an inner knowing. The landscapes appear almost despite
me, with only a sense of right and wrong as a guide.
This is not a cognitive process; rather the work is
created by my psyche's need to reveal itself. Paintings
can take from a few weeks to a few months to complete,
finishing when there is a meeting between paint and
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