My portraits are painted from life and my imagination. My preferred way to work is intuitively allowing the paintbrush to take me on a surprise journey as with this painting I completed of a The Homecoming – Acrylic on Canvas.
My work also involves digital media. This style of work is very spontaneous and expressionist in style. At other times, I will paint a realist painting working directly from the model, painting that person and paying attention to tone and form.
My imaginary portraits of women are my own interpretation of people who have actually existed in history, people I have met and also fictional characters as if writing a story. I enjoy the creative and imaginative element of this process. The portraits can be expressionist and minimal but also at times quite classical. I enjoy the feeling of placing these women in a specific time and place as in this painting, as in Woman with a Unicorn. Here, I have created a painting of a woman from my imagination and then painted the background landscape from life.
At other times I will incorporate an element of fantasy or history in my portraits. Autobiographical elements appear in my work at times and this work can incorporate textiles.
My portraits can be quite staged and stylised and involve me asking the model to pose in a particular way to resemble someone. For instance in my digitally enhanced layered photograph of ‘Ophelia’.
I often enjoy looking inwards to my emotions and painting in a dream like way with particular focus on colour and atmosphere.