I am intrigued by human and animal interactions, behaviour and their relationships with the environment.
Contemporary painterly qualities and drawn marks are essential components in my work, conveying an intuitive understanding of my subject and capturing their movements. Fragility and transience are expressed through unpainted or sparsely formed negative spaces. Through the process of drawing and painting I progressively locate and extract order from apparent chaos drawing out patterns of movement and behaviour. My work is a continual exploration of the dynamic between figurative representation, expression and the physical and plastic qualities of painting and drawing.
Endeavouring to take my exploration of relationships and behaviour further, I am also working in collaboration with another artist, Debbie Locke and local Blackdown sheep farmers. We are working together to attempt to capture the elusive relationship between a farmer and his sheep and analyse and reinterpret their behaviour.
Debbie’s fascination with mapping and machines contrasts with my intuitive methods of expression. To get an even closer insight into their relationships, we gather video footage recorded using webcams attached to sheep and the farmer and his dogs. We are excited by responding directly to our video sources and drawn and painted marks, working in such a way that our actions are dictated entirely by the process, rather than aesthetics. The resulting contemporary artworks have a strong conceptual basis rooted in landscape traditions and documentation of the farming industry, interpreting the world through the eyes of another.