Taking a finished and framed painting as my starting point in these pieces, I worked directly over the top, building up layers of paint and varnish. By scratching, scouring and rubbing away sections, semi-hidden ‘lives’ of the original painting on paper beneath the glass were revealed. This technique of marrying the original painting on paper with the frame itself, however, was short lived; Another View is the only outcome.
Serendipitously, while working on the next painting that was to become La Playa!, the glass broke. Moving away from the original picture, I dismantled the shards, and reassembled the painted pieces into a new composition. All subsequent paintings were made in this way, but the glass would be deliberately smashed with a hammer once I’d reached the point where the painted surface could be developed no further.
All my titles are a playful and intuitive response to the finished paintings; they come at the end. The hope, however, is that the work stands for itself for the viewer to make his or her own interpretation.
Workshops for Everyone
I work with individuals and groups of up to 30. My aim is to deliver a fun and stimulating environment in which experimentation and expression is maximised.