Every mark and every splodge has an interesting story to tell.
My art and design are my way of trying to make sense of the world around me. A process for discovering new things, new ways of seeing and thinking. Exploring connections and contradictions, demystifying the dark and finding beauty, then looking at the transitions between. To clarify ideas about the many things we can do to make the better place.
Although my explorations are a personal process, I hope they may also help others to find out more about themselves, about the world and what they would like to do in life.
I work a lot with found images – doleful zebras in the woodgrain, dinosaurs in the clouds, the faces in the sheet folds. I enjoy working with textures produced by different processes, exploring the types of stories these suggest. Then I work on these to clarify shapes and combine them digitally in Photoshop, Corel Painter or Procreate on my iPad.
I also work a lot with collage and photomontage to discover and explore connections and contradictions of meaning, particularly in my more political work.
My sources of inspiration are varied. From a very early age I was fascinated by other cultures: Egypt, Assyria, Greece, Rome and then Indian Japanese, Chinese and Islamic cultures. Later as I travelled more my interest extended to Africa and Latin America. After many years of travelling I am now increasingly interested in Britain and its evolution from ancient civilisation to contradictions and possibilities of multicultural Brexit.