Monday, March 29, 2010
I have an abiding fascination with detail in nature and this inspires all of my work. I have always been more interested in the intricate patterns of a leaf, tree bark, rock, sand etc than in the scenery around me when I walk and this interest became more of an obsession once I started to concentrate on making art.
I take photos of all of this rich detail while walking and then reinterpret these in my studio to create works upon a specific theme. I have been developing a consistent body of work for exhibition that explores a particular theme, every 2 years (eg: fungus, shore platforms). The work explores forms and patterns most people do not notice while out in the countryside and can be seemingly abstract. It is often interpreted by others in a variety of ways, though a frequent comment is that it is very "organic." I prefer to use general titles and encourage individual interpretation. If my exploration of lichen reminds someone of snowflakes, that is fine.
+ Rough and Smooth, September – Oct 2004, Firestation Print Studio, Armadale
+ Under the Microscope, October 2011(as above)
+ Fungus Meets Ferrite, October 2013 (as above)
+ Sea + Land = , October 2015 (as above)
+ Recurrent and one off Firestation Print Studio group shows including Summer Salon and Glow
+ Quadrant Gallery Summer Salon 2013, 2014
While most people probably look at the whole scene when they happen upon an outlook or vista, my eyes soon travel from the big picture, interesting as it is, to examining the details. I gaze at the lace patterns of waves running up the shore, at the contours and colours in rocks which form mini landscapes all of their own and draw neverending inspiration from the intricacy and complexity of this close up view.I work in paint, pencil and printmaking, often using the same subject matter in the different media. In painting I like to focus on colour and texture, combining string and impasto with oil and acrylic to increase the illusion of depth. In drawing too I enjoy creating the illusion of depth but also revel in intricacy of line. In printmaking in particular I delight in seeing how using colour, black and white, hand colouring, collage or mixed media affects the visual image and hence our interpretation of it.