Artist's Statement, March 2014

Why paint an old pair of shoes? Why paint a rusty bucket? Watercolour painting is often seen as the definitive way to portray an awe-inspiring landscapes or city scape, why abuse this medium to depict ugly, hum-drum objects?

Whilst I love and respect the long traditions of watercolour painting and have painted many landscapes, man-made, mass produced, functional objects that have been sculpted and painted by the hand of time hold a special fascination for me. Where the natural elements have have woven their poetry round the cold hard demands of functionality and economy there resides a hidden beauty. I choose a realist style, for me it's in the clear portrayal of everyday things that pattern, colour, form and texture can be most surprising and attractive.

It's difficult to determine at what point one of my art-works begins. After being drawn to a scene it can take some time before I put my thoughts down on paper as I think about the technical aspects of the creative process. After spending time drawing the image I apply masking fluid and then a number of different washes of colour to bring texture and depth. I use watercolour for it's versatility and ease of use. The process of one art-work can take hours or weeks depending on it's scale and complexity.

I want viewers of my art-works to see on a number of different levels. I want them to imagine and sense the story behind many of the objects I paint, the years of wear and tear through use by ordinary people living their lives. I want them to be intrigued by the mystery of the hidden pasts that surround us in the objects we pass by, the social history they witness to. I also want them to be charmed by the beauty of some of these scenes, beauty that usually eludes our busy glances as we rush through life. 

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