I was always only interested in the face, not the body or where the body was located in time and space. The face, for me, was all that I needed to be able to capture the range of emotions and characteristics that I was concerned with. For a long time, I painted 'close ups'.
I started to play around with different formats a few years ago, exploring in particular the addition of other elements into the work: geometric shapes, random marks, expressionistic blobs and smears of paint. I was interested in trying to create new ways of composing portraits. I tried to find a new language for communicating identity.
"Boys", Acrylic on canvas
Most recently, I have decided to leave portraiture for a while. In fact, like many formerly figurative painters, I have chosen to venture into abstraction. I want too see if I can find a way of communicating that is not dependent on representation in the traditional sense.
The journey continues....
"Abstract Dyptic #4", Acrylic on canvas
"Cardinal Emotions #15", Mixed media on paper
Abstract #7 (Detail)
Acrylic and Mixed media on canvas