My father was an artist and a man of great ability. His father taught him as he
taught me; technique, philosophy of painting, to see the world as an artist, to be
uncompromising. Above all I watched him paint sometimes as a child in his arms
not immune to splatters of paint, and all through my life until his death in 1999. I
was always drawing as a child, we had a huge supply of materials at our disposal.
Looking back at some drawings from that time I think to myself, “The simplicity of
Art in school for some is an anathema so my passions for art was at this stage latent
but from a simple comment from my father on some drawings I had made - “ if you
could do that in a painting, you would really be saying something of your own.”
I started painting seriously and continued to do so for ten years.
In the past two years I have developed a much more contemporary understanding
and practice of Art. At present I am making Photo Collage and producing them in
many ways, such as light box’s and multi layered aluminum plastic images. My history
as a painter is a strong base for composition and color for my new modes of expression.
It was difficult to transform my practices but the nature of my idea’s changed so
dramatically I had to detach myself from the personal touch of the paintbrush.
My work is now focused on the common experiences we all have as humans in this digital
age. I digitally manipulate photos in a modern approach to collage. I then apply the layers
made within the photograph to different materials. I want a synthetic look and the best way
to get it is by using machines and materials like plastic, aluminum and digital printing.
In truth I still feel the same way I did when I was painting and as a fellow painter said
to me years ago “don’t bother trying to repeat the look or technique of your picture’s,
just try to maintain the right feeling”.
Contemporary art allows artists such freedom these days which is a blessing and a curse.
Freedom is a strange thing in Art because as Picasso said “ Freedom not to do one thing
requires that you do another, imperatively. And there you have it, chains.”