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Artists Statement

September 2014
I am concerned with the aesthetic quality of paint, mark making, the materiality of paint on the surface of the canvas.

I use the formalism of the still life and self portrait as spaces to investigate self, identity, sexuality.

In my still life work I have a longstanding relationship with the peony flower. I work with my flowers from their first coy blooming though to decay. For me flowers become more beautiful as their petals become translucent in death – leaving a ‘shroud’ of richly hued stems and petals that are both intense and fragile.

Sometimes I can be found preening in front of my studio mirror; often wearing various disguises and using different props (charity shop shoes, a mans suit, a huge bra like a breast-plate). My self-portraits are cryptic, intimate and poetic; giving glimpses of the selves I have been, might be or could be.

I have works in private collections in the UK, USA, France, Israel and Ireland.