Painting for me is akin to meditation; a ‘way of being’, study and exploration of
processes of creative transformation (and illumination).
I begin each painting with a clear feeling and a sense of the particular energy for
that painting. Through meditation and contemplation I deepen my awareness of that
which allows the feeling/vision of the painting to become more apparent and alive
to me and in me. Through the act of painting, I express this as simply and directly
as possible. I am influenced by calligraphy with respect to the embodied mark/gesture,
and colour, rhythm and light (or absence of it e.g. The Black Paintings) are also
key considerations. The paintings develop over a series of weeks or months with many
layers of transparent glaze in order to create rich surface texture, moderated tonal
relationships and a quality of vibration.
I draw inspiration from modern scientific research into the nature of matter and
consciousness as well as ancient Buddhist philosophy. The impact of these sciences
upon notions of human potential and human behaviour/social responsibility are equally
inspiring to me. My work is based on the view that if one enters deeply enough into
experience, then one finds universal or common ground. It is this that gives meaning
to the work.