I’m a contemporary artist living in the beautiful South Lakes area of Cumbria in the UK. I work mainly with oil paint, as I like the medium’s versatility, longevity and subtlety as well as its challenges. People are my primary subject matter- I see a portrait as just one interpretation of an individual’s narrative. My current work attempts to “read between the lines” of this narrative, offering an insight into a self which is intangible, mercurial and sometimes indistinct from the environment that shaped it.
Presently, I’m interested in questions arising from my work on conventional portraiture, such as,”what is this self that I’m trying to communicate?” Advances in neuroscience, computer vision and artificial intelligence have prompted me to think about what we mean by much used but ill-defined terms like “spirit” “soul”, “identity”, “personality” and of course, “self”. We live in an age of rapid technological, cultural and environmental change, yet how quickly do our attitudes and beliefs change? I’m fascinated by the interplay of the fast and the slow, the mutual and the enduring, and look forward to further exploring these questions in my artwork.