My current work is allegorical... I am interested in memory – personal & collective and the tip of the iceberg that represents consciousness verses the vast expanse of the unconscious.
To quote Jeanette Winterson (one of my favorite authors):
I'm a great believer in working with the unconscious, working with those parts of the self which aren't immediately accessible to rationale or logic.
I use the symbolism of ripe fruit to illustrate the narrative. Painting directly from life allows me to translate three dimensions into two and capture the essence or life force of the subject. Individual fruits damage easily; so as they slowly age I track their gradual decay in the painting as I work.
Fruit has been used metaphorically in art and language for centuries. It has helped Illustrate Fairy Tales, Mythology, The Bible and Shakespeare.etc An apple in Renaissance painting was symbolic of ‘a fallen woman’ and we still use fruit analogies to describe ourselves and our lives today.
In my own work I also use elements of abstraction, landscape or line drawing to hint at a deeper narrative within and opening the door to unseen possibilities beyond the immediate image.
I paint in oils, predominantly Old Holland Classic Oilcolour - using transparent glazes over opaque colour which creates intense levels of luminosity and depth. Strong light and shade, chiaroscuro, give atmosphere and tone.
The viewer of an artwork is an essential participant in the process of making an art work, a vital piece of the jigsaw, giving it validity and consequence.