Can you tell me about your practice? How do you get started on a piece of work?
Life drawing and sketchbooks are an integral part of my painting process. Being able to refer to lots of compositional studies and to combine them into something new on the surface of the canvas is exciting for me. I use pastel, fast drawing onto a canvas. I start with an initial sketch in response to life drawings, often using a strong pink or orange ground on the canvas. The first and last steps to a painting are always the most challenging.
Who or what are your biggest influences?
Asger Jorn from the Cobra Movement
Storytelling plays a central role in your practice regardless of what medium you adopt, be it painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing. Can you talk further about this and whether it forms what medium you use to create work?
Storytelling has become more important of late confronting my own experiences and others life stories, facing the vulnerability of the body and the fragility of life. LUMPS AND BUMPS are ever changing, our bodies surprise us. Mapping our own lives and stories interest me, paintings are like skin, they retain a history on the surface like a palimpsest that slowly reveals itself to you. This notion has always held significance for me.
Oil Bars and Lucy my dog who is my studio companion....she saved me when I was at my lowest ebb a few years ago.
Philip Guston Works on paper, Hantje Cantz, 2007 I saw this show in the Louisiana Museum in 2007 and The Morgan Library & Museum, New York in 2008, I often reflect on his paintings & drawings, I just pick it up in the studio to flick through the drawings which can be quite meditative.
Finally, is there anything new coming up that you would like to tell us about?