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The Great Escape, 2015

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“This piece demonstrates almost 200 beautiful Monarch butterflies in their classic cluster formation trying to escape the confines of a sash window. The window is an original Victorian sash that has been lovingly restored then given a distressed effect. Each butterfly has been handcrafted out of paper. The top and underside are printed photographically and then handcut and bonded together. Each pair of hand created wire antennae are then attached and the butterfly is then positioned in place on glass.”

Between Four trees, 2016

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“In 2014 I was asked to paint live at Liverpool Street Station in London to help promote the Victoria & Alberts upcoming exhibition 'Constable: The Making of a Master. My brief wasn't to paint like Constable but they were after a strong painter to create a buzz around the station. I was very pleased with the overall painting but come early 2016 I felt I could improve it further by bringing in some further light and texture to the painting and now I am very proud to put it as part of my online gallery at Artfinder.”

She's Nobody's Fool, 2015

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“'She's Nobody's Fool' is an exploration of the face and expression as cultural iconography. The subjects are derived from existing photographic sources; the resulting painting, although familiar, is not meant to represent one specific person but a particular type of common identity connecting a genre.

The title is from a quote by Richard Burton describing his then wife Elizabeth Taylor - a reference to her can be seen in the painting. She was one of the last stars of classic Hollywood and one of the first modern celebrities.”

Secret In The Sky, 2015

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“Secret in the Sky is about gaining perspective on your life.

When I started this painting, at first I couldn't connect to it. I felt too close to really see it, so I couldn't finish it. Instead, I turned it to face the wall. A month later, when I finally turned it around and looked at it again, I started to see how the circles and negative space played off of each other. It looked a little planetary, a little otherworldly. Like a photo of space. So I added trails of light around the circles to harmonize them and bring them into a balanced coexistence.

Every once in a while, we all need to get that kind of perspective. It makes all the difference.”

Carnival - Bonfires, 2016

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“At the southern rim of the Alps, it is an ancient tradition to have huge bonfires assembled uphill during carnival season. The fires in ancient times were supposed help expel the demons of darkness and at some places, the young men would use them to heat up discs of wood, which are then - glowing orange/red - driven down the valley with a stick while shouting some typical verses. This abstract painting with its color and surface reminds of this tradition - seeing both the darkness and the fire, the sparks and the wood in it.”

Etched Upon My Memory, 2015

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“Etched Upon My Memory is the latest in my series of portraits of Becky Holt. Becky is iconic within the tattoo community and has a face recognisable the world over. It was especially fascinating painting Becky as she views herself as a work of art in a way. Her tattooed body is almost a gallery, like she is a collection of artworks that combine to create a whole representation of herself and then displayed on her flesh for the world to see. It was an amazing challenge to capture her and her tattoos, not just on a technical level, but on a deeper one: to make this painting really feel like Becky.”

No Time To Think

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“Painting is one passion in my life, skiing - is the other. As a young person, I was trained in competitive cross-country skiing, now I teach my children on the alpine slopes during winter holidays. I love everything about it: the speed, the risk, the views of the wintery slopes, skies and forests, the everchanging weather and snow, the mountain air. It's like being in a fairytale!”

Fioritura, 2015

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“Fioritura, Italian for "flourish", or "flowering" is a musical term meaning the florid embellishment of melodic lines, either notated by a composer or improvised during a performance. It usually involves lengthy, complex embellishments and I thought how appropriate for this new work from me: multi-layered with personal expression and tons of added detail - I loved painting this one and I think it shows!”

Iceberg Sketch 3, 2016

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“My works are mainly land and seascapes, which I use as a vehicle to explore the medium of paint, and the process of mark making. I enjoy working with oil on wooden panels, applying the paint in thin layers, allowing the texture of the wood to come through and playing with the consistency of the paint to give the impression of ice and snow. I love the beauty and majesty of icebergs, and the contradiction between the solid, seemingly indestructible mass below the water, and the knowledge that a small temperature rise could quickly destroy the monumental structures.”

Man in doorway, 2014

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“I discovered an old photograph of the homeless man in the painting sitting alone in a car park and became instantly drawn to the figure. His loneliness and the way he was hunched over fascinated me. I wanted to paint him within a bright, colourful space to juxtapose against the severity of his situation. I love the use of colour and harsh lines to create space and allowing the man to 'pop' off the page, forcing the viewer to look at and acknowledge him. After all, homelessness is an ever increasing problem that needs to be addressed, not just ignored.”

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The Great Escape, 2015 The Great Escape, 2015 “This piece demonstrates almost 200 beautiful Monarch butterflies in their classic cluster formation trying to escape the confines of a sash window. The window... "New day" large 48"x36", 2016 "New day" large 48"x36" “This artwork was inspired by the snowy fields of winter, a momentary pause between the life cycles of nature. "New Day" implies a fresh start, a beginning for... Between Four trees, 2016 Between Four trees, 2016 “In 2014 I was asked to paint live at Liverpool Street Station in London to help promote the Victoria Alberts upcoming exhibition 'Constable: The Making of a M... City coast, 2015 City coast, 2015 “'City Coast' is a painting of a coastal city with warm sunset getting ready to color streets, buildings and snow white yacht sails. It is no specific city, jus... Lunar Sunset, 2016 Lunar Sunset, 2016 “This piece was inspired by Tim Peake's visit to the International Space Station. I use photographs as my source material for all of my images. These are digita... She's Nobody's Fool, 2015 She's Nobody's Fool, 2015 “'She's Nobody's Fool' is an exploration of the face and expression as cultural iconography. The subjects are derived from existing photographic sources; the re... Secret In The Sky, 2015 Secret In The Sky, 2015 “Secret in the Sky is about gaining perspective on your life. When I started this painting, at first I couldn't connect to it. I felt too close to really see it... Carnival - Bonfires, 2016 Carnival - Bonfires, 2016 “At the southern rim of the Alps, it is an ancient tradition to have huge bonfires assembled uphill during carnival season. The fires in ancient times were supp... LOST IN A SUNSET..., 2016 LOST IN A SUNSET..., 2016 “'Lost in a Sunset' is a beautiful, romantic piece bathed in glowing light, color, textures, energy and much love. Lively and spontaneous brush strokes were use... 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