I’m turned on by angles, line, shape, colour and form, so naturally I have a habit of strangely and obsessively finding and looking at these things. Often, it’s as mundane as the corner of the ceiling, the shadow of a chair on the floor and wall, or grey sky against grey water. Where differences meet.
Sometimes I’ll come up with a set of rules or constraints and place them on myself when making a painting. To some extent this takes my hand and decision making out of the process until I get closer to finishing, and there is mental freedom in this process. It is my intention that the painting, adhering to certain constraints, will put itself together in a way, and thus become something closer to organic.
I like to make art which is for the eye and the non-intellectual part of the brain. Don’t go looking for a whole lot of meaning, I am more interested in calm and mental space, even a meditation of sorts. In my latest work, a painting is successful or complete when there is nowhere to land, no colour or shape dominates the piece, but the eye continues to travel as different lines, paths and shapes emerge and recede. I find this stimulating and calming at the same time.