“Through drawing and painting, I have long been interested in making imagery associated with the human figure in motion: leaping, soaring, flying, falling and the associated emotions that these types of image can trigger in the viewer. I’ve worked with trampolinists, free runners and aerial artists and in much of my drawing work, I am concerned with making images that convey a sense of power and energy or potential energy, and allude to movement through psychological states. I have recently introduced the horse in motion in my charcoal work, and enjoy the added strength and physicality which it brings.
Drawing has been at the forefront of my practice since my student days and continues to play a crucial role. I enjoy its directness and find that monochrome work serves to strip the image down, without much colour to seduce, its focuses one on the content.
With my underwater imagery, I am exploring similar ideas of suspension and weightlessness and the curious connection between how the figure can appear in both water and air. I’m interested in the “otherness” which comes from being submerged below the surface and the technical challenges associated with drawing and painting the figure through different transparencies of water.
Mostly, however, I remain interested in creating evocative images of the figure moving powerfully through water or air with energy, strength and freedom or simply relinquishing control to the space around it.”
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