In 2002, when I became a professional artist, my first body of work was based on the industry in Runcorn and the surrounding edgelands. Through persistent re-visiting of the subject, I eventually begin to perceive the essential nature of the place, which then informs the final work. A continuation of reflective practice and deliberation over abstraction and the real are characteristics of my work.
Abstraction makes the viewer look for meaning, something familiar in the image might facilitate a meditative mindset or they may have an emotional response to the colours used.
For 6 years my art was being shown in galleries, around the world, but the recession of 2008 eventually closed the galleries who were my main outlets and the outside work to dried up. As Stella Adler said;
“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”
I have continued to develop my techniques, drawing and the use of colour remains the foundation for all my work. The fragments of materials are layered and mark the passing of time, the rituals of making (drawing, cutting, gathering materials, machining, sewing) acting as part of the narrative of the work.