I have a natural curiosity towards anything tactile, particularly the texture of silky soft fabrics that portray a sensual and complex element to my work. Whilst using this traditional subject matter I work at creating a fresh dimension, manipulating the fabric so that an abstract and contemporary image is formed, a flower, a landscape or a persons' face for example. I love experimenting with the fabric creating various subject matters, I find myself re positioning the material for hours analysing the compositions and the colours that are made due to the changes in lighting that I experiment with.
Growing up in Yorkshire, I found myself taking in the beautiful landscapes that gave me inspiration for my paintings. It was the rolling hills that look like entangled pieces of fabric that gave me the iinsight and imagination for my paintings. I love the visual impact that light gives to my work and seeing the sun shining down on the landscapes made me realise that fabric has those same attributes. Flowers also have that delicate and fragile quality about them.
At first glance the viewer may see an abstract image, but when the image is studied the realisation occurs that the crushed abstract fabric is in fact a still life, a flower for example. It is this idea of a painting within a painting that drives me, a still life within an abstract painting. Therefore it says more to the viewer as want to work it out in their head themselves.