How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn’t seen your art?
It’s a love hate relationship. The love and excitement of painting is when things are flowing and the painting takes me on a journey. The frustrating aspects of it are the mistakes I make, which ironically are as important as the good decisions I make. I see in my work a need for people to try and connect to each other and the outside world. It’s an effort to try and find one’s place in a very strange, often beautiful world. I want to convey the excitement and terror of living during our extremely brief existence.
What materials do you use?
Oil on canvas is what I mostly use. I love the stuff, even the smell of it. It can be a frustrating process and you need a tonne of patience. I have been painting for nearly 30 years and I am still learning new ways to use the stuff.
What does a typical day in the studio look like for you?
A typical day for me begins at the end of my Postie job. A strong coffee is followed by a period of staring at the works I have under construction. This can last for up to an hour. Decisions are made, tunes are cranked and it’s time to, as I like to say, ”waste some paint”.
Generally I will start a painting by building up layers of paint on top of each other. Then by scraping, scratching and sanding and an image will reveal itself to me. From then on it’s a process of trial and error that hopefully leaves me with something I am happy with.