Artist statement 2019
This recent series of paintings has evolved from earlier ideas about unsettled weather and the power of natural energies. My work is now broader in scope, it reflects on the uncontrollable rate of change in a world that is hardly recognizable from one day to the next. It explores a sense of uneasiness and dread.
Climatically, technologically, politically and socially, things are moving rapidly beyond any sense of order or vision. We live in a world that is hard to know or trust, and I paint the uncertainty of this. Big torn shapes, blocks of matter flying, chaos, movement, turmoil, very little control. Are things out of hand, do we know what will happen?
There's still hope, but it requires a quick mind, and a clear head, if anyone is watching, if there is time. Rapid movement, disturbance, turmoil and division are key aspects of this work. That said, there is still undeniable beauty, compassion, love and hope reflected in the vibrant colour and massing of pastel swathes of paint. We are in new and challenging times, and where this will lead is difficult to tell. This is what I paint.