Absorbing the organic and intricately detailed lines of flora and foliage and the forms of landscape, my process is influenced by the beauty of the natural world. Having not been derived from reference images, my paintings begin as an abstract ‘chaos’ of brushstrokes and splashes of paint. The marks become more considered as the painting progresses, as layers are covered and scratched back into, revealed and concealed, creating paintings that communicate a condensing of time. The building and unearthing of layers alludes to the geology of the landscape.
Beginning with the unconscious thinking and the chaos of the natural, the paintings evolve through the tuning of the image; this can be by rotating it, by varying line weight, colour or brushstroke. I aim to emphasize the details of nature, whose patterns keep on revealing themselves the closer and closer you get to them, with intensity. Then, I contrast this with flatness, illustrative of clear skies and open terrain.
I studied my BA in Fine Art at UAL (Wimbledon Campus), achieving a 2:1. Prior to this, I completed one year of a BSc in Architecture at UCL, before I changed course to pursue my true passion for painting. Many of the skills I learned studying architecture crossed over into fine art and proved invaluable; surveying and scale-drawing broadened my consideration for how the space around an artwork impacts it. Truly, the space a piece inhabits is an extension of the work itself.
The problem was I hated drawing buildings. Taking me a year to realize it, I became drawn to nature and its beauty rather than the man-made. Intricate patterns, awe-inspiring horizons and the geology of the earth became inspirations for my loose, interpretive style.