I identify myself as a painter before an artist, because I believe that the concepts I explore within my work should never come at the expense of aesthetic quality.
I use my work to sink into the ideals I most admire; namely, drowsiness, tranquillity, solitude and introspection. I focus on nocturnes to capture these things within atmospheres and develop them into something which is not a copy of the world, but a harmony in parallel to it. A large amount of my work consists of watercolour, as the liquid quality grants it a natural life and energy of its own, and removes the necessity for strict control.
To me, the process of painting fulfils a particular, undefined need. I find pleasure in the expression of deep-seated thoughts and feelings in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, along with the meditative aspect of the process. The Japanese use the term mushin for when a warrior enters a state of no mindedness in battle; it allows them to act in a way that is purely intuitive and grants clarity. The physical process of painting can grant this type of no-mindedness because it is an ongoing action, a flowing state.
When I saw Alighiero Boetti’s print Shaman/ Showman I realised that an artist must be a fusion of both shaman and showman to succeed. The shaman - one who can tune in to the mysticism and mysteries of the world around him. And the showman - one who can communicate effectively to an audience. To be great he must cultivate both aspects of this duality whilst maintaining a balance; that is my guiding philosophy.