Bar Angeli, Leamington
Polreath Tea Room
In much of my work I endeavour to tell a story, however it is left to the viewer to interpret that story in their own way through thoughts and feelings evoked through the image. I strive to create a narrative and am always observing/sketching/photographing what is around me in order to find interesting subjects to work from.
I am particularly drawn to the work of Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell. Hopper for his storytelling and application of light through often simple imagery. Rockwell for his power of observation of life in 50's urban settings. I myself grew up in 1950/60s America and I am undoubtedly influenced by these past experiences when looking for inspiration, making observations and finally creating. I spend a great deal of time outdoors and I often find inspiration in landscape. seascape, or from people in general.
I work mainly in oils however, depending on the subject, I will sometimes begin with acrylic and then work on top in oil. I often do this to determine the values and to work out the composition before laying down the colour.