Painting, for me, is the most immediate, engaging and exciting creative process there is, a Cathartic daily ritual to feel connected to a creative journey.
Whether I am painting a figure or an abstract, whatever paint I use always seems to interpret the world I see.
At the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020, I was focused on painting portraits, some from the Portrait Artist of the week live on facebook sky arts. I found it rewarding to be part of facebook and Instagram, engaging in a whole new world of social media.
Visiting Galleries is an essential part of understanding the history of Art and Painting is as vital as the need to practice expressing a brush mark. Studying the compositions and the characters of Rubens, Botticelli, or Goya is a neverending journey.
Every time I pick up a paintbrush, it feels like it has a history of references to so many Great Artists from the past and I hope my paintings engage in a conversation between the history of art and what Painting can still reveal for us today.
I have always admired Pablo Picasso for the creative genius, and he once said you should copy Art because that's where you find yourself. This year I have been interpreting iconic images and looking at how I can learn from these great compositions and have found myself in great awe of the difficulties faced with a narrative and how hard it is to create and portray an idea in a composition with meaning and relevance.
Continuing to create with Figurative and Semi Figurative Paintings with a narrative will challenge me to pursue and create with poetic idealistic ambitions.