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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?).
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.
Later I was awestruck by Yuri Gagarin's space flight and utterly enthralled by the first moon landing.
Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine 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 forms. Acrylic painting on canvas and mixed media on canvas or board.
The subject matter determines the medium.
The acrylic on canvas pieces are representational whereas the mixed media pieces tend to be an incorporation of found images and more gestural or textural painted elements.