My paintings and drawings explore ideas pertaining to narrative, visual logic and observation. I work as quickly and directly as possible in order to capture both the raw effect of the drawing or painting materials as well as to invite accident and visual misinterpretation into the process. I strive to find a symbolic value or meaning in all of my subject matter, whether it seems inherent or it emerges out of visual or material manipulation. I will often alter the surface appearance, structure or context of observed subject matter in order to generate flawed representations. Sometimes I will remove or obscure key features such as heads on figures or change the colour or texture of a common object in order to achieve a sense of abstraction, or a disruption in the narrative or visual logic.
The larger paintings I produce often depict figurative elements as well as representations of space or real or imagined places. I often explore themes around artificial intelligence, humour, notions of reality and extra-terrestrials. Here I am interested in aligning familiar or everyday subject matter with extra-ordinary circumstances or contexts. I use familiar motifs, such as human-shaped bodies or utilitarian-looking objects to draw attention and then shift perception towards the uncanny, or subvert a clear reading of the content. This is intended to invoke a sense of surprise rather than to be merely mischievous. I enjoy looking at parts that should make sense but just don’t add up.
I am drawn to quick sketching and capturing the immediate and fugitive nature of the observable world. I often work directly from a life-model or go into the woods looking for features or visual relationships that can only be seen on a fleeting glance or through a quick application of drawing or painting materials. Something about translating a visual experience onto a surface feels like alchemy as well as a record of the experience of time, or a stand-in for a memory. I think of this sketching practice as something akin to spoken language, which can lose its meaning when labored over, and is often at its best when raw and unmediated.