Painting remains relevant in the world because it maintains an independent language that often communicates more effectively than words. I wish to better understand how colour choice, brushstroke, and other expressive decisions can connect with the viewer. Conceptually, I believe how a painting is rendered should reflect the subject matter. For example, the layering quality of paint shows a history, it can either show a struggle or the artist’s attempt to cover up that history. I am drawn to contemporary artists such as Peter Doig, Jenny Saville, Tim Kent, Neo Rauch and Adrian Ghenie, artists who allow their process to be visible –something I am building towards in my own work.
In my painting practice, I am interested in finding a balance between realism and abstraction, with emphasis on human ethics and individual responsibility. The search for a sense of place during a time of instability has been motivated through internal and external circumstance. The observation of structure has acted as a poetic metaphor for this search. The change I have seen in the city I currently reside has been a source of inspiration in many paintings. Observing destruction and construction, rebuilding and containment, representing a constant need for development but at times a further separation from one another and nature.