I aim to create a drama in my scenes and instil in them a tension which will draw the viewer in. The scenes may be slightly ambiguous and the exact meaning unclear, inviting the viewer to question and reach their own conclusions.
There is an intentional voyeuristic element to my work which reflects the human obsession with other people and how we are viewed by others. Recently, much of my work
In terms of Artists from the past I’m strongly influenced by Velazquez, Sargent, Munch, Matisse, Klimt, Schiele and Carlos Nadal to name a few. There are also many living artists who I admire greatly too- Michele Del Campo, Alberto Mielgo, Eric Fischl, Ed Hodgkinson. I could list more but we’d be here all day! Looking beyond the world of painting I am influenced by travel, books, movies, magazines and of course the people who I interact with on a day to day basis.
In my early paintings I would paint an object or image directly from the source, with no additional input from myself or planning in regard to what I wanted the picture to say. I would see an image of a person and simply paint it. Now I take much more time to plan and prepare for a painting. For many of my larger paintings there is a fairly lengthy process involved before I even begin to paint. I may see an image or setting which is the starting point for the final painting. I will sketch ideas, try out compositions and moods before settling on the one which best suits my needs. At this point I will seek out reference material and take photographs of models (mainly good natured friends and of course my wife!) in the desired poses.
Whilst this method of working can be time consuming it is more rewarding and allows me to fully achieve my desired effect. It’s a very exciting way to work and is still a very new concept to me, being something I’ve only adopted in the last 6 months or so. This style ensures my work is constantly evolving and being pushed to new limits in terms of mood & storytelling, steering me away from stagnation and repetition in my Art.
What are your goals as an artist?
My main goal would be to keep creating and developing as an artist for as long as I can. Technically speaking I have a long way to go until I can paint to the standard I’m aiming for, so that is one goal that will be ongoing throughout my life. Aside from that, if the paintings I create are faithful to the image I had in mind when I started and they manage to provoke at least some thought in the viewer, I’ll be satisfied. Obviously I want to make a good living for my family from my Art, but that is more of a result of pushing myself as I’ve mentioned above than a goal in itself. As most artists would agree, there are easier ways to make money than painting pictures, so if you’re in it for the money you may be disappointed.