Most of us reflect on what an artists intentions are in creating a work. In the experience of contemporary art I believe the value of what the artists work may mean to us is high. I hope I define enough in my text to cultivate interest for the viewer, yet, avoid limiting what it may mean to us.

‘Sanctum realm’ (diptych) 2014


‘innards’, ‘in ether’, oil on canvas, panels 600 mm x 600 mm (left to right)



‘…dissipating @ ninety three’, 2015, oil on canvas, 600 mm x 600 mm



‘pausing…crossing’, 2015, oil on canvas,640mm x 395 mm



‘M, darkest portrait’, 2008, oil on canvas, 600 mm x 600 mm



‘Divided’, oil on canvas


‘pauses’, (triptych) 2015, oil on canvas, each panels in triptych 300 mm x 300 mm



‘proses over void’ 2015, oil on linen, 240 mm x 300 mm



‘Institutionalised’, 2015 , oil on canvas, 250 mm x 300 mm


Grey and Greene’, (diptych) 2014, oil on canvas


‘Maternal interior’, oil on canvas, 400 mm x 400 mm.



‘Dark commute’ oil on canvas, 400 mm x 400 mm.



‘By, pausing…crossing first’ 2008, oil on canvas, 700 mm x 500 mm

Threshold Series

2008 – 2010 oil on linen

The Threshold series takes us onto the axis and conveys the face and aspect of layers, mainly moderate in materiality with visual subtlety. Most figurative work creates an illusory space within a thin film of paint (a threshold) and we are reminded of this as the Threshold series reveals a thin border of raw linen substrate or a border of un-worked cleft Walnut. Threshold III has the raw substrate border but differs, as it portrays a grandiose alter of high art explored in its picture plane from layered viewpoints.


Threshold III, 2010, oil on linen, 900 x 600 mm



Threshold IV, 2008, oil on linen, 400 x 500 mm



Threshold IV, (carved version) 2010, French walnut, 400 x 500 mm.



Threshold II, 2008, oil on canvas, 700 x 600 mm.



Threshold I ‘noise‘, 2009, oil on canvas, 800 x600 mm.



Threshold V, ‘light in studio corner’, 2009, 600 mm sq.



Threshold 1A, 2007, oil on linen, 700 x 500 mm.

 ‘Travel allegory‘ series, 2012-, oil on canvas

As of yet, composed of  two paintings with more to follow. The concept stems from travel as the vehicle for exploration, I then further the experience by imposing and exploring an imaginary context.


‘St Andre allegory (Paris 1946)’, 2012 oil on canvas, 720 mm x 450 mm.

A vignette composition features a left bank Paris interior which remained untouched from 1939 – 46.The view through the window is a tiny cropped view from this warren of tightly knitted Parisein Streets.


‘Attacco di panico’, 2012 oil on canvas, 1300 mm x 280 mm.

The torso of ‘Neptune’ by Bartolomeo  Ammannati, Piazza della Signoria, Florence.

Note the heightened colour saturation across the heart level on the marble torso and area of blue sky within this band pierced by a jet trail.

Vignettes, Pendants

2006 – oil on canvas/linen & mixed media

“I class some of my works as vignettes, they may relate to main groups of work or be stand alone pieces, the pendant is an update or attachment to a series, and normally are quite distant pictorially, functioning as a further development on a theme”

Four Vignettes Series

2007- 2009, oil on canvas


‘Elie I’, 2009 oil on canvas 600 mm x 600 mm.



‘Elie II’, 2009 oil on canvas 600 mm x 600 mm.



‘Avignon I’, 2009 oil on canvas 600 mm x 600 mm.



‘Avignon II’, 2009 oil on canvas 600 mm x 600 mm.

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