Artists Statement

February 2024
As a painter I am concerned with the aesthetic quality of paint, mark making, the materiality of paint on the surface of the canvas.

As a photographer I am concerned with the emotion of the moment, the enclosure of time and light in the frame.

I have a longstanding relationship with the blousy and erotic 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.

Alongside my still life paintings I use the formalism of the self portrait as a space to investigate self, identity, and sexuality. My self-portraits are cryptic, intimate and poetic; giving glimpses of the selves I have been, might be or could be.