(Royal College of Art)
Since spending time in Tanzania in 1998, I have been interested in figure and landscape painting. Portraying the scale of the Tanzanian countryside is a challenge which has occupied hundreds of hours of my time. My style is representational, I want the viewer to understand what they are looking at and know whether they like it. Seductive use of colour is especially important to the way I paint. Through colour, I feel light and space.
I use domestic gloss and artists oil paint. I feel most comfortable painting on wood. Compared to canvas, varnished wood allows a more flexible approach because I can quickly alter large areas using white spirit. This means I can start a picture without having a fixed plan of the final outcome. I paint memories, often a distant emotional memory of an unusual experience. Through the act of painting I reconstruct the scene. Working on a 1m wide wooden board gives the freedom to be aggressive and work quickly. Decisive, unaffected brushwork helps bring energy to my pictures.
The top 12 paintings are my most recent, they were painted in Japan. They are related to my experiences in Laos and in Nepal. The next 4 paintings are inspired by a golden period of my life spent teaching in Tanzania. The bottom 4 paintings are memories of coaching tennis in the US.
I am passionate in my approach to painting. My training is to keep moving and experiencing. I plan to return to East Africa in 2006.
Visit www.artforinteriors.com to view more of my work.
MA (Royal College of Art)