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My current paintings show my fascination with visual space. Doing something that looks three-dimensional on a two dimensional surface is always an exercise in illusion and magic. I often use humour, changes in scale, odd juxtapositions, reflections and mirror images to play with ideas.

I have very often used photographs as a starting point for my paintings, but in the last few years I have been using drawings from my “Drawing-a-Day” file as my reference material. Since the starting point is one of my pen-line drawings, the images are becoming much more graphic rather than photographic.    

Typically my paintings start with a visual image that grabs me and won’t let me go until I get it down. I dream about it. Sometimes it feels like I am filling in the pieces of a complex jigsaw puzzle. If I am really lucky at some point the painting starts talking back to me and telling me where it wants to go. If I am smart, I pay attention. Sometimes it is like following breadcrumbs through the forest. I thoroughly enjoy the process. This isn’t about angst, it’s about fun. My paintings have been called “quirky” and “playful”. I hope you enjoy them.

 

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Paintings...