I am often asked “What sort of art do you do??” (abstract) “What’s it about?” (itself).
Over the years, and voraciously at art college, I have visually absorbed the work of many artists from Goya and El Greco to Paul Klee and Picasso. I was particularly drawn to the work of Mark Rothko, Ellsworth Kelly, Sean Scully, Agnes Martin, Brice Marden…the list is too many to mention. I encountered valued tuition from Alan Reynolds and Jon Groom. All I have learned has influenced my work to a varying degree and I continue to experiment, find my way through to produce something I feel an authentic connection to and hope to convey that to those taking the time to look at my work.
You could say I’m a geometric artist, a non-objective artist but I also want to bring emotion and spirit to the work by my use of colour and line.
While reading recently I came across a quote from the hard edge painter Frank Stella (b.1936) – “What you see is what you see”.
I like that.