work explores human behaviour, in particular group dynamics and
social isolation. I am fascinated by the subtle nuances of body
language – the tilted heads, twisted bodies and small involuntary
movements often signifying power, control, vulnerability and alienation.
include fictionalised portraits based on people I find interesting.
My subjects range from the ordinary to the sublime - with colourful
back stories woven into the paintings for the viewer to interpret.
I create a theatre where props and clues reveal different elements
of character. Symbolism, colour and body language convey certain
messages about the 'sitter' whilst the true identity of each individual
I juxtapose decorative elements with painterly brush marks, hard
lines and gridded designs. I continue editing and condensing the
painting to arrive at a contemporary and personal interpretation.
The small scale is an important consideration and has been influenced
by the medieval paintings at the National Gallery. The intensity
and delicacy of these beautiful paintings have inspired the way
I create this new body of work. The pace of creating these works
makes an interesting contrast to the fast and furious pace of reading
imagery on the web.
wide and varied and include the children's animation 'Mr Benn',
William Morris wallpaper, 'Gogglebox', Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads'
and the iconography of medieval paintings.