In 2002 I co-founded the independent art gallery 'Ruby Pier' in Brighton's Artist Quarter and then in 2010 moved to my current space called Wren Studio. This change afforded me a platform to develop my paintings in line with my own authentic style.
About my work.
My work has always imbued a sense of minimalism with the subject firmly in focus but in recent years there has been a duality with more vivid and colourful backgrounds reflecting a sense of fullness and abundance in nature.
I find the bird intrinsically beautiful and a symbol of regeneration and continuity within a habitat that is ever moving either through seasonal changes or environmental pressures.
For this reason I like to display the birds either in empty spaces or surrounded by an exuberance of over ripened flowers, blossom and colour where they can become integrated into the chaos. The backgrounds are highly suggestive, painted with large brushstrokes and layers of contrasting tones so that there is a balance of colour and form offering a structure for the birds to sit in.
A single bird can be quite lonely so I also paint them in groups watching each other.
Ultimately its the viewers own personal associations that take precedence. Many of my buyers have there own reasons for wanting a painting of a particular bird.