Figures

My exploration of the figurative form depicts lone female figures, bent and stretched through the defines of perspective, flattened and elongated, in a moment of stillness or captured in movement.

I like to abstract shapes, negative space and play with colour but particularly I enjoy the development of line. Lines are repeated obsessively over and over, scratched into the surface, contouring beyond the bounds of the forms, evolving in the process and are a reverberating theme throughout this body of work. They represent the past present and future, repetition, movement, trails and emotion and surround each figure.

Through the exploration of perspective I push my limits of knowledge and understanding of drawing the human figure and strive to retain equilibrium. Repeatedly working a drawing within the same piece of work the lines come and go leaving vague ghosts behind which have altering flow and tension.

Preferred mediums are coloured pencils, pastels, oil pastels, compressed charcoal and scratching tools to define the linear content on a variety of grounds. Wood is a favourite ground to work on but I also use a variety of papers and make my own gesso boards. My work is exhibited in various shows around the country, online and sells internationally.

Influences come from the work of Egon Scheile, Alberto Giacometti, Victor Passmore, Henrietta Dubrey, Gary Hume, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, Henri Matisse, Andrew Pope, Katherine Bradford, Matthew Wong, Milton Avery and Henry Moore.

All figure paintings and drawings which are for sale are listed on my online shop.