There have been 3 main themes in my work so far:
1: Manmade structures in nature, 2: human connections/ interactions and 3: pathways.
I wanted to try and combine these themes. I sketched a variety of urban scenes and marked where people moved and traced the lines of their movement. In the studio I tried many different compositions in study form and started a number of paintings to address this idea. After many false starts and some false finishes i have begun to find a style that works for the subject.
I received a commision to produce a small version of the painting 'Pathways' I had done, and sold in 2014. This inspired me to go back to an earlier theme of work, to re look at it afresh and see how i might interperet this subject a year later. The result was 3 small acrylic on board paintings.
After completing the DAKS commision I produced this painting, based on an idea I had worked with before. I was looking to implement some of the techniques I had learnt during the process of upscaling my work, as i did for the commision, and attempting to simplify my technique.
A series of pen and ink drawings led to some small abstract paintings.
In early 2015, I was commissioned to create 4 large painted backdrops and 2 large paintings for DAKS Ltd. These were to be used in the London store and in Spring/ Summer 2016 advertising campaign.
This landscape of trees was started at the beginning of the year, part of the 'Forgotten Spaces' series of sketches, but re painted many times as I tried to reconcile my tendency towards abstraction and the very figurative nature of the image. It was put aside while I worked on a commercial job. Finished later in the year.
My painting lost momentum at the beginning of 2015. It wasn't until late February that I began working again; going out in Brighton, looking for forgotten spaces, places on the borders of the city that might suggest forgotten stories. I would find a place that interested me and return and re sketch over the weekes, then try to develop studies in the studio from the sketches. At this time only one of these views made it to canvas.