a) The literal reflection due to the highly burnished gilding
– in some paintings you can roughly see your own reflection which
adds another dimension, both visually and conceptually
b) The contemplative – reflecting on the nature of domestic utensils
My highly personal paintings are like a visual diary. Recent
work explores the nature of domestic utensils. I use pure pigments, making
my own oil paints as these maximize high chroma contrast whilst facilitating
a wide range of distinctiveness within the neutrals.
Much work involves areas of gilding, using 23 carat gold, silver and copper leaf. The work is multi-layered, alluding to symbolic connections. Formally the arrangements are important – balance and dynamism are aimed for through carefully placed objects in relation to each other and the surrounding space, plus colour and tonal relationships.