Trying to contact aliens
The motivation is intangible, the process mysterious but filled with excitement, potential and sheer emotion. No one said this would be easy.
Pieces of wood, canvas, staples, glue and screws are brought together to form a stretcher.
A blank canvas stares at me, I stare back. the journey has begun, the adventure started.
I'll put some colour or an image on, this begins a chain reaction of inclusions that can be images, colours, textures and materials.
This is where my bliss is, this is where I get totally lost, this is where time stands still, this is where intuition takes control until the piece tells me 'that's enough' - then I know its finished.
It's a way of finding my place in the world and coming to some understanding of who I am.
It' still a mystery.
A magical mystery (tour?).
Of course my choice of subjects and images is personal.
As a boy I was captivated by the Wild West or 'Cowboys and Indians' as we called it. T.V. shows like Wagon Train, The Lone Ranger, Rawhide, all had their part to play in my formative years.
That romantic notion of freedom, the camaraderie, the wide open spaces, the pioneering spirit, it was all such a wonderful escape from the council estate that I lived in.
Later I was awestruck by Yuri Gagarin's space flight and utterly enthralled by the first moon landing.
Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and early David Hockney.
There's a connection; exploration, into the unknown, an adventure.
Much like starting with a blank canvas.
The excitement never leaves me.
My work falls into two distinct categories; representational paintings (usually acrylics on canvas), and mixed media (collaged with abstraction).
The representational work is what could be considered 'straight' traditional painting whilst the collaged pieces can incorporate transferred images, pasted images and other materials
such as wood or plaster occasionally.