Paintings: Still Life
When I paint still life my motifs are usually an imagined setting as opposed to real items arranged in front of me. I want the liberty of exploring patterns and colours as a means of abstraction. The media used are oil paint and textured canvas, and sometimes watercolour on paper.
With their often flattened perspective and with stylising distortions my landscape paintings are not meant to represent the realistic world. I prefer to remember patterns that are specific to vistas I wish to explore, and I combine patterns when composing an image. Oil paint on textured canvas are the prevailing media.
My drawings tend to be mixed media work on paper, the tools used are graphite and charcoal, ink, wax crayons and pastels, sometimes I add watercolours. A few of the drawings are less stylised than my oil paintings but newer work is taking off in a more abstract direction and the format is getting larger.
The majority of my printed work are linoprints in expressive black and white or multi-colour reduction prints. Printmaking to me means delightful experimentation with different techniques, and I have tried drypoint etching, collagraphs, monoprinting and lithography. Before printing on paper I spent several years blockprinting on fabric.
My stylised, hand-built figures tell stories through body language and constellation. When building vessels I try to make them expressive through surface treatment and glazing. I like experimenting with thick glaze on heavily textured surfaces, and combining clay with contrasting materials like metal or wood.
Painting small pre-loved furniture and accessories was the main part of my art practice when I lived in Canada back in the 1990’s. Now upcycling has become trendy in Europe and I have taken up furniture painting again as a sideline to create colourful eye-catching accent pieces.