Colour and simplicity are at the heart of my practice. I seek to create an equilibrium of serenity and vigor in my paintings, and aim to make pictures that appear simple and uncluttered.
Subjective experience – the creation of a piece of work, the viewing of it, and the relationship between perceiver and perceived – interests me. As does the fluid experience of seeing: the viewer’s gaze naturally moves from one form to another. We don’t look at things in isolation; we look at things in relation to things.
This spontaneous perceptual process, which is constantly updating itself in response to changing conditions, is something I invite the viewer to become aware of.
This idea of connective awareness – seeing things in relation to things – links in my mind to the traditional definition of ‘mindfulness’ as an alert, receptive awareness that brings a quality of breadth to experience. As John Berger puts it, “Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are.”