Artist’s Statement

Every mark and every splodge has a story to tell. Imagine…

Illustration is my way of discovering new things about the world, finding new ways of seeing and thinking. About finding connections and contradictions, light and dark and transitions between. About exploring different emotions and my responses to the world around me.

My illustrations do not follow any specific style or media. More a working approach to set or self-identified briefs. I am very interested in different cultural styles and meanings, how they use line, shape, colour and abstraction and the different meanings artists intend and viewers bring to the image. I enjoy using many types of media – pencil and graphite, ink, crayon, pastel, watercolour, acrylic, printmaking and digital. Seeing how to exploit and extend the specific features of each, pushing them to the limit and layering them in combination.

I enjoy working directly from life, sketching people and imagining the stories they might tell. Exploring different perspectives and moods.

I work a lot with found images – doleful zebras in the woodgrain, monsters in the marble, dinosaurs in the clouds, faces in the sheet folds. I work with natural, mixed and print ‘accidental’ lines and  textures as a basis for ‘imaginings’, exploring the types of stories these suggest. Then I develop these images to clarify shapes, or as the basis for drawings and paintings, often combining these digitally in Photoshop or with Corel Painter.

I work with collage and photomontage to discover and explore connections and contradictions of meaning, particularly in my more political work.

But ever so much to learn!