Walnut Cottage East Dundry Lane Bristol BS41 8NH
Over the past few years, still life painting has fascinated me more and more. Studying the Dutch, Italian and French masters of the genre, and allying their 'realistic representational' techniques to my own, more graphic approach, has enabled me to put aesthetic rather than illustrative concerns as the primary motivator. Thus, each painting is a design, using everyday objects as a starting point. And latterly I have moved into the area of 'abstraction', literally drawing out only what I need to create the image.
There is also a personal philosophy at work, because, to me, it is a wonder that things exist at all, from a perfectly formed onion, peach or pear through to a plastic bowl. And it is a miracle of creation that they can be perceived by the mind through reflected light, shadow, form and colour via the eyes and can then be symbolically represented in paint on canvas. But the profoundest mystery of all is the fact that we have consciousness and can be aware of being aware – and that it is possible to communicate this to others through the arts.
So, my hope is that the viewer will see (and feel) in these works touches of the personal Zen-like moments of wonder at existence I felt, plus the sense of still calm and joie de vivre I experienced, while painting them.