My work captures snap shots of still life objects, in particular vintage or retro objects. I give attention and a platform to the often overlooked, seeing past the obvious, closely observing and engaging with the subject is my process. Vintage and retro objects often have detail, intricacy and more sophisticated qualities of design. These items resonate a sense of history and a legacy from generations of the past. My aim is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unexpected places and to question the more throwaway nature of the objects we surround ourselves with today.
My paintings are influenced by reflections, colour and still life art. I take inspiration from the everyday objects as a visual stimulus, in particular vintage items. I give attention and a platform to the often overlooked in a snapshot of a painting. I love the way artists put a contemporary twist on antique objects and bring history back to life. Still life objects are part of family history passed down through the generations they are a legacy to people’s lives, and demonstrate a less throwaway society, by painting them gives the objects a new lease of life and lets the legacy carry on.
I have experience of many different media, materials and techniques; however, I currently favour acrylic painting. At present I am enjoying the challenge of painting realistic and complex pieces. I have a natural sense of colour and enjoy enhancing and pushing the boundaries of the colour palette seen by the naked eye. I often work on wooden board, I enjoy the smooth surface as a canvas, acrylic allows me access to a wide colour range. I enjoy its properties and how you can add layers, blend, create the illusion of depth and realism. I have recently discovered acrylic markers and take delight in how they can be applied to create marks to refine and add layers and texture.