Figurative painting has a radical new role: it adds a layer of time, contemplation and introspection to an image, images today are generally just consumed. The very process of making a mark on a canvas, such a basic human gesture, is meditative and considered. Paintings demand that the viewer gazes intently and engages with the feelings and meanings that the artist has poured into them.
In our complex and often superficial culture, how do we relate, in a meaningful way, to one another? I often choose the human figure, the most obvious yet complicated source for inspiration, and look at the sense of belonging or alienation we all feel.
Working from photographs and images from the Internet, modern-day technology is not rejected but incorporated into my working method. As a colour chemist I have studied, and am fascinated by, the physical and psychological effects colour has on our brain.