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.
I make 'books' of studies of boatbuilders and boatyards. These are artworks in their own right rather than 'sketchbooks'.
I also produce drawings, and more recently, monoprints. These are primarily landscape-based. The monoprints are based on a couple of trips taken to northern Norway during the winter.
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