The abstract faces appear to be calmly resting or deep in thought yet, there is a deliberate emotional ambiguity to the work: the serene expressions may conceal an inner world of strong emotions.
I move swiftly, with almost calligraphic brush strokes, to capture the essence of my subjects. Wide brushes loaded with paint in my quest for simplification of form and smaller brushes for necessary detail. The process is part of the finished painting and I will regularly work across multiple canvases, in order to preserve gestural freshness.
My work is informed by the historical narrative of figurative painting (Matisse, Picasso, Katz, Parks and Peyton) and draws on gestural abstract expressionism together with the influence of Japanese brush painting.