The human condition has been a strong influence in the majority of my work which is why I always return to the figure as subject matter. My interest lies in trying to capture the allusive essence of our nature; that live, raw nerve.
In this new body of work, the adolescent provides a vehicle in which to portray our vulnerability and awkwardness. The onset of puberty can be a time of isolation and dislocation. The empty masses of colour in the paintings emphasise this displacement; a shifting equilibrium between claustrophobia and freedom. For many of us the memories of adolescence take us back to the domesticity of our childhood; our homes, families, pets, fears, and awakenings. Therefore the paintings throw back identifiable and familiar memories. I have attempted to keep a raw intensity to the work. I do not want polished surfaces; I want to see under the skin.