I’m crossing a stream. I check-it-out: log, stones; some research then across I go. Unforeseen events or miscalculation cause me to change direction, no matter, I keep moving, it seems as if the stones appear before me. Then I arrive. My art and photography are just like that: keep moving, opportunities happen; I must stay alert and there are risks but the result is worth it.
When I observe art I look for stories: I get up close and ‘taste’ it. When I make art and photographs I create stories, relationships between the shapes, lines, colours, light and shade. My photography and paintings are dynamic, energetic and opportunistic; close cropped, sometimes exploring the macro world with underworlds of texture.
I like what Monet said; “a landscape (or indeed anything ed) does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.”
Canvas, paper and lens (like marble) contain life. It is my job, privilege and ambition to give form, personality and soul to that inner life.