What I do
I take un-primed canvas out into the land and I wait, I go quiet and listen. I absorb and then I act, evoking a response using the natural materials available on location. A dialogue forms between the place, the materials, history, emotions, the physical experience and myself. I work in many materials, feeling my way, responding in the moment. Sometimes I use resonant sound instruments to introduce a dynamic to the relationship between the sound, the place and myself.
H. Hesse from Demian.
Every form in nature is echoed in us and originates in the soul who’s being is eternity
There is to me a spiritual significance in studying and drawing from the natural world. Each tree, flower and animal, all forms linked but unique expressions of the divine. Our spiritual dimension needs developing, I search for my own way to understand life and I explore ways of reconnecting the last threads of our sacred relationship to the earth. Consumerism is devouring all we have and our ethics are completely scrambled. No amount of consuming can fill the need I have for a depth of connectivity with life and nature. My art is the tool I use to access this place.
I have a large body of artwork that includes large earth worked canvases that resemble ancient manuscripts and are shaped by the earth and time. Earth books made of canvas, buried and worked in the land and made in dialogue with the landscape. I produce oil paintings that are made in response to my need for a sacred connection to nature and the environment and become visual poems. All of the work I make including my work with sound comes from an intimate exploration of my relationship with life, nature and environment. The process of working in this way becomes a form of practical prayer, weaving ceremony and reverence into my life and work.