These are paintings where I give vent to movement and feelings at the time. I let the paintings form themselves, and they do.
Spring brings a myriad of vegetation in the fields and broad verges to the country roads around Malvern. Cycling along, there’s the impression of so many things, blown around by the wind. This was a very active painting, as if I was moving around the canvas, using oils, cold wax, and other mediums to soften and blend the colours.
Here, I imagined myself on a cliff, looking down on the sea crashing onto the rocks below. I was lying amongst the tall grasses and a picture emerged. There are several layers to the paint on the canvas. I applied and scraped back, applied again. Oil on canvas, using cold wax and solvents.
This painting is inspired by Sarah Dorsin, a small graffiti of whom I discovered in Berlin. She joined a group of PKK Kurd freedom fighters who were hounded down and killed after they downed a Turkish military helicopter. Oil on canvas.
A larger painting, oil on canvas, built up of many layers, using palette knife and rubber squeegee, and various oils to give texture and depth. Created with water in mind, but open to the imagination.
Freeform with Ukraine in mind, oil on canvas with palette knife and various oils.
War in the suburbs. It could be Aleppo but I was thinking of Ukraine. Buildings destroyed, people as shadows of themselves amidst the destruction. Oil on canvas, palette knife and brush over several layers.