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I am an artist currently living and working in London. This website includes a selection of my work going back over 25 years. It will evolve to include both new and older paintings.

Background to the work

Most of the work relates to my daily visual experience. I usually paint from photographs I have taken. In making paintings from these I am seeking to recover a memory of something I saw and what I felt about it.

Living in a city I am affected by the urban environment around me. I am interested in a painting that explores relationships, people, contemporary urban spaces.

Painting is a slow process. I find my visual experience sinks in slowly before I am ready to make a series of paintings. Often I think of the pictures in groups in which individual images relate to and re-inforce each other.

My work developed over a period of time when I was exploring the use of a less literally descriptive, painterly, figurative language. A series of paintings on the theme of the family, culminated in some large works done on the MA Fine Art course in Barcelona in 1997/8. After this I moved to London, and felt the need for a more concrete subject and specificity for my work. I turned to the immediate urban environment, and began using my own photographs as source material. I have also made paintings arising from travels in Europe, India and Latin America.

I do not seek to replicate the conventions of photography. Painting is an expressive visual language with its own resources.

In all representational art there is a gap between what is depicted and how it’s depicted. All the power, facination and strangeness of painting, for me, lies in this unfathomable gap.

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