Portraits of Coventry will have their final exhibition in August at Coventry Cathedral. After this the paintings will be donated to the person whose story is told in each work.
I am a painter and storyteller.
For my latest series of work I have moved away from human subjects to focus instead on the planet. Leading to a series of works that focus on the power of nature to shape our environment and our response to it.
I am drawn toward telling stories that often go untold, recounting the lives of unsung Coventry people, or telling the stories of people facing mental health challenges. Creating these paintings can be demanding, but also incredibly rewarding for both the subject and myself as the artist.
With all my paintings I like to create a sense of expectancy, an unresolved desire to wonder what may have happened, be happening or what might come to pass.
Sometimes my paintings start with the elements of the narrative clearly mapped out in my mind, on other occasions the story develops iteratively. The work is a balancing act between the accidental and the envisaged. The result is a visual style, that often incorporates layers and texture, and a creative process that embraces chance, whilst still having an underlying narrative.