Working mainly from my own photographs, observational drawings, thoughts and memories I invent scenarios, creating images which evoke narratives of places and times that characters and objects exist within.
Scenes are a connection to feelings: often works are my notion of who a person is or was and what a place is or might be. I create worlds that seem real, but are my inventions. When I begin a painting, I’m sometimes unsure what it will be. Titles can be important and a starting point. My process is one of trialling compositional elements: drawing or tracing, then further defining in paint. On gessoed packaging card or reclaimed canvas I use acrylic gouache, preferring its flat matte quality and employ methods such as masking, layering and stencilling. I juxtapose my apparently realist rendering of figures, structures and objects with spontaneous and freer applications of paint: washes, dabbed and daubed textures, stains, dry brush, glazes. My work has a deliberately unfinished look.