My Art is centred around Rock ‘n’ Roll culture. I focus on portraits of characters that have shaped society. Music culture especially fascinates me as it is an obtainable art form which touches everybody. It has a loud voice that can disrupt society, inspire free thinking and break the system, influencing daily life, fashion, attitudes and language.
I take my main inspiration from musicians that have made a mark on society, whose music has penetrated our souls with their sound. It is a sound that has the ability to take us to the brink of ecstasy or suicide, a sound that screams for the human soul to look at its true nature, touching the darkest and brightest emotions. It is this fundamental quality that I bring to my canvas.
I work mainly in oils and mixed media balancing realism with expressionistic paint strokes. I choose colours that I feel encompass the essence of my subjects. I feel every person has a colour that shows their individuality, I use colour to express a sense of my subjects inner being. I always work to music, using the flow and rhythm to enhance the process.
For me good art is about a perfect balance between the heart and the head. Skill and observation are very important factors in my work. I have studied the old masters and portraiture alongside abstract expressionism aiming to achieve a balance of reality and sentiment. I must have an emotional connection with my subjects. Observing is simply not enough, I have to feel what I am painting, to breathe in that connection.
I can’t imagine a life without painting. For me painting is like breathing, it is essential to my existence. It is a dance between me and the canvas-the process of creating something from nothing, finding the painting.