I am a Sussex based artist who has also practised as an art psychotherapist in the NHS for over twenty years. My dual practice as an artist and psychotherapist inform one and other: both reflect an enduring passion for using art as a way of giving form to what is unformulated, expressing things that may feel impossible to put into words.
I am interested in issues of the vulnerability of both the human body and psyche within its environment. Although my work has a human presence the forms I use are not human forms as such. They relate to the body rather that representing it directly. The forms are fragile or tough, are blurred or have edges, are separate or merged, each painting establishes its own identity.
My paintings are created in a constant state of revision, by layering, scraping and dissolving the paint I hope to distil the essence of a state of mind. The process is important, with the materials being subject to actions like being torn, stitched, layered and wrinkled. The surface of the paintings reveals the process of layering involved in making them, concrete, plaster, raw canvas and delicate stitching combine with monochromatic areas of black or grey as well as lighter tones that can refer to the human body. Each piece has its own mood, energy and atmosphere, I try and tune in to the feeling of the painting and let that feeling develop over a period of time.