This WordPress.com site is for my painting.
My most recent paintings are views of the fringes of suburbia, places that feel as though they are familiar, but then escape our conditioned response. I aim to place the viewer as still points of a turning world – alone, for a while, then, after this brief period of reconnaissance, watched as they look on. The one-time observer becomes the observed. The scene switches between mundane and hinting menace. There is a sense of something latent, the path leads into a darker unknown from which something may emerge or into which something has disappeared.
The ‘For Sale’ sign is a recurring motif in recent work, possibly implying minor disruption or greater upheaval. It certainly implies change and its attendant disturbance of routine. It is my attempt at a visual puncture (something you do not notice until it is almost too late), or interruption in an otherwise ordinary scene.
Another aim is to describe a certain mood with the tools of painting. The marks are tightly controlled, bordering on obsessive. Part of me would like them to be more lyrical and flowing, but I also realise that the painstaking approach assists the meaning. If the artist is prepared to dedicate so much time, the motif may be more important than we first imagined. I strive to create a vaguely unsettling atmosphere by using a slightly higher colour key, without being gaudy or Fauv.