Oil on wood
It was stories I loved first, words, books, being lost in them, transported. My paintings are small - mostly book-sized for the intimacy of scale, often designed to sit object-like on a shelf rather than hang on a wall. They are stories - distance and travel, memory, connection, light, longing, they are the unknown, remembered places.
at the points
our paths cross,
Sensing what we
in the silence
of the peripheral
to what cannot be said
I paint intuitively and responsively in relation to the piece of wood I am working on. The wood is always gifted or given, by boatbuilders, carpenters, sculptors, friends. It comes with a story.
Things are called forth in the process; sensory responses, interactions with place, matter, light & memory. I like the immediacy of connection between the wood and the paint.
and more about physics and vibrant matter in
'At the Sweet Shop'.
The second part of my childhood was in a wild, beautiful part of North Wales and the forms and energy of that landscape are deeply imprinted and come instinctively.
Landscape as Kith and Kin, as language - home.
In Welsh the word 'Hiraeth' captures something of that sense of kinship, connection and longing.
"We experience the sensuous world only by rendering ourselves vulnerable to that world. Sensory perception is this ongoing interweavement: the terrain enters into us only to the extent that we allow ourselves to be taken up within that terrain.......
David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous
Original artworks are for sale and some limited edition prints available. Please email me if you'd like to know more