“Painting outside, I work within the bounds of my own body and the conditions of the environment. The paintings are vibrant and joyful, distilling the hum of the place onto a very present canvas.
Relaxing your eyes into them becomes a very bodily experience for the viewer, finding the balance, the depth and the contrast, pulling yourself into the middle of the flux. They invite you to become part of that.
Wildscapes, and these spaces of sublimation are the corners that I chase, those that resonate as ancient, fragile, strong and ever present all at once. The paintings, as brimming vessels to envelop you in this rush of time. They remind you to love these places, and to search for the detail in the season as I echo in my title mediums.
Often painting on unstretched canvas, the bleed of the paint into the corners, I feel shares the honesty and materiality of the physical work itself; with the naked canvas inevitably not outliving the plasticity of the mixed media. They may nudge us to remind ourselves of those things we leave behind. To tread lightly. To find ways to bring to the fore the hard to grasp ephemerality of the whole crazy beautiful, that we can lean into like an off centre apex, to lever open this wonder that lies obscured in front.
Walking back from painting in one of these places is often a private moment, the canvas wrapped around my arms like cloaked wings, my arms already bodily exhausted by the work, working hard to keep the painting up. I feel wrapped, cocooned in the piece. Even once finished, the painting is never truly finished until it is walked back after the last session.”