Artist Statement

The Nobel Prize winning American author William Faulkner (1897 – 1962) is quoted as saying ‘The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.’

The concept of capturing moments in time and images of life around me is a significant element of recent works. Creating pieces that convey to others not just images, but the opportunity to think about mood and the wider narrative that is going on beyond the images, are important aspects of my work.

The exploration of movement and transcribing that movement onto the painted surface has been my particular interest, looking at the lines and forms created by motion. I am fascinated with the human figure and the line and how to use it to express beauty. With such images I manipulate them to make the painting uniquely individualised, adding elements that allow your imagination to bring a new narrative and understanding to the image. For example there is control and elegance in the movement of my dancer paintings and yet at the same time an element of lack of control in the forms created.

I have a deep passion for what I do. Trite but true when I say that art has been a major part of my life since I was very small, it is the way that I express myself- my art defines me and is something I live and breathe for, and I am deeply grateful to have been blessed with the skills that have enabled me to follow my passion.