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Background to Present Work

After several years working in further education, I felt an overwhelming need to be involved in my own work again, and return to my love of painting. This has been quite a journey, 

At first I was interested in exploring the problems affecting our oceans. I travelled to the Isle of Skye to witness the purity of the Atlantic there. Following this visit, a body of work was produced. However, I became increasingly aware as I worked, that the materials within the places visited were related to the procees by which I worked.  Whether the city, or the wider aspects of our natural world, it was the experience of these places and  things out there in the world, felt and not prescribed, that was important to the development of further work . This reflected directly to studio practice where the experience felt out there in the world, found equanimity in the materials used in the studio. For me there is a close realtionship between the two. 

I took eight months out, to simply follow my instincts, and develop a new and continuing body of work. I have always loved paint, its materiality, its dexterity and flow. I love also the deviant manner in which it can work with virtually any other medium. It is a constant source of inspiration. Mostly, I love the manner in which the paint tells me what to do, rather than me tell it what to do. The narrative of the felt experience within the world, reinvents itself in the narrative of the materials used. Collateral marks left from the painted process are fed into a new work, a printed surface finds a home within a new painting or indeed a recycled work will also find a home in the next piece produced. The materiality of the paint reflects the materiality felt in certain places, long may a conversation with that experience continue.

I do also care about the environment, it is how this journey started in the first place. 

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