The darkness in my work is created by colour, yet also by their size and solidity looming before you. Yet with this comes a contrast of delicacy and deliberate precariousness. This comes to the work through various expressions, from glass sculptures to fragmented mirrors and jaunty lines relating to the shapes and outer forms of the paintings themselves.
The illuminating glass sculptures along with other aspects of the works give a sense of an almost spiritual element, coming through past the darker elements of the painting, dominating the work. Although they are the most fragile and smallest elements, they are the most powerful. These are the elements inspired by my little son.Many of my works come indirectly from aspects of my sons scribbles and drawings, blended with elements taken from nature. A source of nature often observed were autumn leaves, their flat surfaces combined with sculptural qualities as they curl and cocoon for the winter, was one element that nurtured the natural step to sculptural type paintings, and with the leaves diverse painterly colours blending oranges and reds to bright yellows.
My artwork is a process of discovery, imagination, passion and hard work, seeing it grow and develop brings a sense of accomplishment, as the Philosophers believed, noble accomplishment or 'virtu' consists in the difficult. The action is 'difficile', the agent 'facile; The good painter does hard things easily.' This was a false paradox that fascinated Renaissance critics, and it is one that I keep in my mind during the 'difficile' to achieve the 'facile'.
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