“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas
The paintings that I create are meant to inspire and uplift, as well as enhance your interiors. I believe that our homes should be sanctuaries that surrounds us with comfort, colour, beauty and the things we love. If you feel an emotional connection to a work, or you just LOVE the colours and the art makes you feel good, then I've accomplished what I set out to do. Hopefully you'll treat yourself to it! Or maybe you're considering this artwork for a special gift. What you're really investing in is what makes you or the recipient feel good. So, if you love it or you think they're going to love it -- follow your instinct and buy it!
I wanted ‘Book Reader’ to look comfortable with lots of pleasing curves, an attractive woman that could be any age, enjoying a quiet moment reading her book, lost in it. She is exquisite, graceful and at ease with herself. She is a beautiful women, she could be any nationality creed or race, she has no boundaries, she doesn't need a face or clothes to portray her beauty. Beauty is a feeling, a glow inside that radiates out, I tried to capture that glow, that exquisiteness, characterised by broad brush strokes on subtle backgrounds with soft browns, ochre and subtle blues.
I sit at a clean canvas, my imagination, oils, brushes, knife and fingers ready to start work, I have an idea, I start to paint, my head is telling my hands what to do, but sometimes my head changes so I delete and start again and so it goes until I’m happy with my work, then sometimes I use a palette knife to cover the whole canvas in random strokes and I see something like a photo an image and follow my feelings, I may have wanted to paint a nude but end up painting one of my boats.
I get a lot of my inspiration from three artist; Claude Monet with his use of colour, his expressiveness, detail and the softness of his beautiful paintings, Vincent van Gogh with his bold use of colour his expressiveness, and I like to think I’m a little impulsive like him, and Lowry unbelievable he produced the work he did just using five colours.
My art tells stories, not always happy and joyful, not always bright and full of light, but always full of my feelings, vivid, interesting and thought-provoking. I always try to put something of myself in my paintings; in the form, the colours, the brush stokes, my feelings, my joy, sometimes my darkness but I hope mostly joy and happiness.
Gesso and Oil