The source for many of the pieces is a small paper boat. This boat undertakes imaginary journeys, encounters many difficulties but always survives. It holds fragments of things seen, conversations heard, observations recorded. On a 'formal' level, each work is an attempt to balance expressive gesture with controlled drawing. I enjoy 'co-operating with' and/or 'counteracting' the chance elements that are invited through the use of collage.
I collage old papers (newspaper, book pages, ledgers, maps, dress patterns, stamps), then paint and draw on them using acrylic paint and pencil. I tend to work on a small scale as the text/writing on the papers fulfils its role more effectively in this context.
More recently I have been basing some work on abandoned theatres and cinemas, as well as a series of pieces made in response to Bicci de Lorenzo's "St Nicholas of Bari banishing the Storm" (1433-35) - a work which can be seen in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
I also produce occasional monoprints. These are primarily landscape-based and are reflections on a couple of trips taken to northern Norway.
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