In my drawing some pieces are left unimproved and others are incorporated into paintings – always using the original marks in the expectation that the energy is not wasted and that the work does not become laboured.
I like to study a moving - or on the verge of moving - model. I am fascinated with line, the straight and sharp engineered by movement juxtaposed with the soft curves of the nude.
My paintings are mixed media, acrylic and oil on canvas or board. I aim to give a sense of space and depth, combining the emptiness surrounding the figure with glazing and collaging – often with frail, transparent papers and paint - with the opaque material building up a physical depth, and colour an illusion of that depth. Other times I build up many layers of paint, glazes and collage and literarily scrape and dig out the hidden figure which is usually, whatever the medium, the starting point of any work.
I began painting when living in Japan. On returning to England I attended Brighton Art School graduating in 1979 where I studied under Gwyther Irwin. My work is in collections in America, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. I continue to work in East Anglia where I live.