I feel great freedom when drawing in my sketch book, letting my mind wander or capturing folk on the street. The importance of drawing can not be underestimated as it is the default artistic medium for me and strongly influences the way I paint; I strive to retain the linear and expressive qualities in painting as in my drawing style.
I use soft pencils, ink, chalk, charcoal, Wolffs carbon and sometimes will cover a drawing in another medium, such as paint or ink, to knock the image back, leaving ghost lines, before reworking. My preferred choice of ground includes wood, paper, gesso boards and card.
A common theme in my figure drawings is the repetition of line, often translated by viewers as concentric rings or finger prints however for me they are an expression of my love of figure drawing which is a meditative experience, an obsession of the line. This translates into my figure paintings where I scratch or draw lines into the paint surrounding the figures or directly paint the lines with a brush.
My landscape drawings are made either from life or my own photos and concentrate on silhouettes, line and depth of field. I like to combine reality with memory of landscapes and woods and try to relay the feelings they invoke. I use my freedom when drawing to connect and then I may go on to translate some into paintings.
All drawings are for sale unless stated otherwise. Please go to my online shop for details and prices.