My paintings are borne out of a strange tension between immediacy and time. Prolonged periods of visual gathering are muted by easily accessible images. Pictorial space is imagined and reconfigured in helter-skelter. A conscious desire for a graphic immediacy is at its core, but further viewing is rewarded with an exploration of what it means to paint. A mood of lost-in-space, lost in painting unifies the diversity of my imagery.
So far, hounds rule these visions, dirty and warm, the scruffy rhythm that anyone who has walked a city street before dawn will feel keenly. Cartoon folly exists only as an afterthought. It’s about creating a sense of experience, or a feeling of being somewhere, akin to a dogs’ familiarity to a scent. Recently, my practice has been engaged with the subject of image retention. When we draw something with enough conviction, the air surrounding the outline comes to life. My work aims to challenge our understanding of not only what can be seen, but also something of the invisible qualities of a place. It is the erasure that is sometimes of most importance.