My practice is based on repeated enquiry, working and re-working from one subject: the face.
I work directly from life as I am interested in recording the dynamic between the artist and the subject. By deliberately leaving signs of the act of placing and replacing marks on the paper, in the paint or the clay, I seek to convey the energy of the process in the finished piece to the viewer.
Drawing attention to the making of the portrait through the medium can stimulate an intimacy between the viewer, the subject and the artist through active engagement.
When traces of enquiry are left in the material, and when detail is reduced, the viewer is invited to provide the information suggested by the marks to complete the image.
The final work of imagination is then the contribution of the viewer.
2019 exhibition: Practice – A Collective Conversation