I am seduced by colour, texture and mark making, little nuances of 'deliciousness', these hidden 'bits' that you have to search for in a piece is what turns me on.
My latest offerings are ‘encaustic’ which is an ancient technique using melted wax medium and pigments ‘fused’ to a ridged surface. As a result the surface has a beautiful translucent quality as it is built up of many thin layers of encaustic. Surfaces are a spectrum of texture, slathered with brushstrokes and oozing with drips, some are scratched, dug out, drawn over, scraped, chiseled, and embedded with drawings or objects. The medium is perfectly suited to my latest theme about the sea.
I love this quote from artist Rachel Friedberg “a mysterious surface onto which I could suspend thoughts.”
Most of these small works are poised between representation and abstraction. Some are an aerial view, looking down at the sea, the luminously transparent layers of turquoise, indigo, viridian and emerald greens, the white surge of the wave, swirls over the lush colour. Others are seascapes where land meets the sea either from a distance or a close up snapshot of waves crashing on the shoreline.
My figurative pieces are made up of several steps, the first by laying the support on a flat table and pouring the paint, letting it do its own thing, dancing and flowing around the surface, the outcome is unknown but exciting. I try not to control this stage too much however I do want to have areas of dark hues for shadows and light hues for highlights on the figures.
When dry, I choose an image from the array I have either taken or collected. The painting process is intuitive as I reveal or conceal the figure, allowing 'delicious' parts of the ground to be seen through the flesh of the figure and some to be concealed. The recent paintings have been embellished with tattoos, decorative imagery, flowers, and birds, some of which have taken flight from the confines of the body. I grew up in New Zealand so people with tattoos were common place within the Maori culture displaying the 'Moko' tribal tattoos.
This is another quote I love…..An artwork that can give you an emotional response should be its only destiny!
what I can do for YOU
You can commission an oil painting in any style, size or genre.
OR you can purchase an oil painting I have created.
I have created beautiful T-shirts for you to purchase, there are sexy t-shirts, colourful t-shirts, tattoo t-shirts and naughty t-shirts that make a unique gift idea.
I have released a limited edition print of my oil paintings. These make a beautiful gift for someone you love. They are vibrant, unique and look stunning on any wall.