Over the past few years, still life painting has fascinated me more and more. Studying the Dutch, Italian and French masters of the genre, and borrowing their compositional techniques and applying them to my own, more graphic approach, has enabled me to put design aesthetics rather than illustrative concerns as the primary motivator. Thus, each painting is a pure design merely using everyday objects as a starting point.
There is also a personal philosophy at work, because, to me, it is a wonder that things exist at all, from a perfectly formed onion, peach or pear through to a plastic bowl. And it is a miracle of creation that they can be perceived by the mind through reflected light, shadow and colour via the eyes.
But the profoundest mystery of all is the fact that we have consciousness and can be aware of being aware – and that it is possible to communicate this to others through the arts.
Over the years, I have become less interested in mimicking surface appearance and more intrigued by a structural, balanced spiritual reality underlying everyday existence, yet reflected within it – a unity bound together by an ineffable creative power.
So, my hope is that the viewer will see (and feel) in these works touches of the personal Zen-like moments of wonder at existence I perceived, plus the sense of still calm and joie de vivre I experienced while painting them.