I make pictures of the human figure, both male and female, in isolation and in groups. Painted and drawn from close observation, these subjects, often models in the studio, are placed in a variety of settings and combinations in order to explore and express various themes. I draw on a variety of source material, from art history, film and everyday life.
I work in oil paint, watercolour and drawing media. I am interested in their expressive handling properties and transformative effects.
These paintings show how people are, or how they perceive themselves to be. I am fascinated by appearance, the clues it gives and its endless variety of psychological expression.
I have just completed filming a piece about Turner's work at Petworth House for the European arts channel 'Arte'. I describe his technique, relationship with the site and his patron, Lord Egremont. We also visit related sites in Brighton and Sussex. This will be broadcast on June 1st at 4.30pm (european time).
(viewable for 1 month from 1st June)
For the forthcoming Sky-Arts documentary 'Tate Britain's Great British Walks', I discuss and demonstrate Turner's painting technique and method with Cerys Matthews and Gus Casley-Hayford. This will be aired on 16th May.
I am working on a new series of pictures featuring 'watchful' male and female figures, derived from baroque and rococo archetypes. These can now be seen in 'Work'.