Why did you pick this picture?
I’m so pleased with the colour, texture and composition of this piece. It is complicated and beautiful. It took days to dry as the paint is so thick, and I like my shoes in this picture, as I watched over it drying in my garden. The painting sums up aesthetically where I currently am on my artistic journey.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
The vision I had for the colour of this painting was more of a calming pastel flesh colour overlaying lots of thick black that I had applied in a negative state of mind, but I put too much red in the mix and developed this terracotta instead. I went with my intuition and this piece evolved into a wonderful spectacle. It was created during an incredibly stressful time at my day job so it’s great to turn that into a positive.
What does this art mean to you?
My painting practice uses art therapy techniques and this piece was living therapy during a bad time. The act of scratching paint, smoothing paint, chucking paint and watching paint pour and merge was a calming process. The image to me shows my complex thought patterns being replicated in the interaction of layers of paint, and contrasting heavy textures within the pieces
What can you tell us about yourself?
I’m based in Bristol (UK) but grew up in the Cotswolds. My artwork is currently focuses on psychological theory the ‘Tyranny of the Should’. My interpretation of this has created a huge new volume of paintings and fascination with the subject matter. I’m spurred on by the philosophy that as a society we can drop the so-called ‘shoulds’, ‘wants’, ‘musts’ and expectations – as I believe these are key factors in contributing to our unhappiness as human beings.
What more can you tell us about your art?
I would define my artwork as intense creative compulsion and cognitive abstract expression.
My process follows paint being released onto canvas whereby I paint free flow, emotively and using the impasto technique. I often find myself using 3 paintbrushes, and a pallet knife at once. I also use objects to create dense textures in the paint. Painting is my means of expression, and brushstrokes often happen dramatically, emotively, instinctively and quickly.
Through creating bold, dramatic and intriguing canvases I can translate cognitive thought patterns into a strong bold image, bypassing verbal communication.
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