Whether drawn, painted, photographed or sculpted, portraiture has always interested me as a way of depicting both the inner and outer character of an individual. When young I would enjoy sketching faces and creating caricatures.
Most of these portrait images are short duration studies from group classes. The aim is to spend time developing more fully realised and rendered portraits.
I really enjoy being able to observe and engage with each individual alongside exploring new ways to handle paint. My interest is in exploring the dialogue: the multiple layering of both paint and psychological insights that evolve during the process of engaging with each individual.
My initial portraits of my daughter Tiggen, were focused on my interest in the nature of transformation. By using the devise of seeing her face through a glass of water I found this offered the opportunity to focus on other elements of her. It also fascinated me to see that the image contained within the water of the glass resembled myself… so this too added another dynamic to the image as a whole.
Earlier paintings of figures in water also relate to this theme and other earlier constructed faces express states of emotion and sensation, entitled ‘Synaesthesia’ and made in response to my interest in this cross over or blending of sense modalities – for instance seeing words or numbers as colours. Some of my own synaesthetic experiences involve touch and sound as colour, pattern and image. My aim is for these paintings to suggest the fleeting impressions and sensations experienced in this way.
Other figure work has been along more narrative lines and are included within some of the early theatre based work. This again is another theme I am currently very interested in investigating and hope to create another gallery on this in the future.