Artist Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

Field Study 1 – Diptych 60×30 2017

My work explores the emotional and gravitational pull of place, from the distant horizon, the scratch and tangle of scrub and grass, the lush and fleeting beauty of a mass of blooms. I explore the connections between us and the places that sustain us – those that we know, love or long for.

I immerse myself in the subject, creating the image and assimilating the jumbled scraps and tags of memory – the spaces, smells, sounds and colours of my life – I mark and layer the canvas, capturing the force, energy and beauty of all that surrounds me.

The possibilities and directions are endless but as the conversation swells and soars each painting becomes its own song. I endeavour to express the personal, the emotive, the poetry that often lies hidden beneath the everyday occurrences of life. I scratch the surface and transfer what is revealed – in all its tumultuous, glorious exuberance – and transform the canvas.