Whether I’m using paper, card, found objects or any other material – each new piece I create starts life off as a collage. Much of my time is spent cutting, placing, sorting, aligning, arranging, trimming and sorting again. This juggling activity can sometimes go on for days before I get the composition and the foundation of the story just right. At this point the piece has colour and texture but no great depth or shading and is still essentially rather a flat collage. Setting each tiny component into position takes more time again – but now the scene is set and out comes the wax, paint (sometimes) and a few secret ingredients and applications that bring the piece to life and bind the elements together. This is where the simple collage becomes a finished mixed media collage.
Unique and Original
All of the art for sale that you see here is original and unique – since I don’t do copies, editions or prints. My wall art uses materials that range from paint, paper, wax and found objects to a few secret ingredients and applications. My work is contemporary and figurative. I use the subject matter, posture and expression in each piece to tell a story. Crucially, I withhold the ending of each story by deliberately leaving a key aspect of the artwork partially complete. I leave it to you, the viewer to create and imagine your own ending rather than force mine on you.
I use bold, fresh, bright colours in my work and I layer materials. Repeating these layered patterns creates textured relief and shapes – tempting you to touch. I love taking very ordinary materials and combining and presenting them in such a way that gives little or no clue to the piece’s construction or materials used. At art fairs and exhibitions I am often asked about the materials and construction process. I enjoy seeing the lights come on after explaining the process. People love to come up close, study the piece and often ask to touch and that’s great. That’s part of what I’m trying to achieve – arousing curiosity and questions.