My artwork has been inspired by personal experiences – childhood, relationships, fatherhood, and my journey as an artist. Some of these experiences have been difficult, some joyous. My lovely wife, Jo, has given me hope and stability in my mid-life. She has also given me the desire to succeed as a man, as a husband, as a father, as a grandfather and, as an artist.
My paintings are about that desire, about repair, restoration, revitalisation and rejuvenation. They represent having something broken, destroyed, damaged or fractured,
and then re-using those damaged fragments, and rebuilding or recreating something more beautiful than that which existed before the disruption.
When I apply the Gesso to the canvas I do so with great care. Adjusting the consistency, thickness and texture, in order to achieve
the desired surface. Once this has dried thoroughly, I set about destroying this painting ground; it is disrupted, broken, fractured, cracked and damaged until the surface has no resemblance to the original, until it appears unsalvageable and ruined.
I then begin to paint, aiming to produce a work that I find more beautiful and more attractive, and more tactile than anything that I could have produced on the original surface. Ultimately, the paintings are victorious; one senses that the work has become stronger than the aggressor, they have withstood all the abuse, they have taken all the punishment, and they have endured the pain and suffering that they have been subjected to.
In defiance, they now stand strong, resonating an inner strength and beauty.