Plein air painting allows me space to observe and connect with my subject. Sometimes it is also about engaging spiritually with nature, something I feel is important in our society because we have become more dependent upon technology than ever before. Walking, discovering and painting my subject from life keeps me in touch and engaged with my surroundings.
These paintings are about the concept of ‘place’. I am seeking areas of interest and discovering those hidden, overpowered and neglected areas. At times there is an activist approach to my work as certain pieces are about raising awareness of environmental concerns. I find myself enjoying the concept and sociological context of what I paint, expressing my work through realism, abstraction and sometimes channeling my work spiritually.
The den is a discarded tent and bonfire where a gang had been drinking and taking illegal substance underneath an oak tree on Wasteland.
I found this contrast of the ancient spiritual oak tree combined with modern day gang culture and illegal substances a truly fascinating dichotomy that makes one think about how sociological belief systems, especially those that traditionally connect us to nature have broken down.