Completely simplified - I paint nature.
Such a broad subject yet I have homed in and focused on the parts that inspire me to experiment with materials and processes that not only interest me, but completely satisfies me and emphasises/highlights who I am as a person.
This subject matter has been approached since painting began and I feel has been deemed irrelevant within the context of contemporary art. However I think the greatest paintings came with the impressionists when no other medium could be used to realise their painterly thoughts onto canvas. This was where paint as the material became the focus over the image itself to create atmosphere and a relationship between the canvas and the artist. The expressionists used paint as a 'set in stone' vision of their expressions. I don't see my work as either impressionistic or expressionistic but rather a stepping stone between the two. Where image is less important but still necessary, at the moment, to create the atmosphere, movement and figuration I so desire, for a completely self indulgent satisfaction.
The concept behind my work completely relies upon the materials, how they react with one another and how I go about applying this to the canvas.
'Energy must be met with energy' describes the way I paint. Rough sea's and stormy skies must be painted with energy, spontaneity and confidence. My paintings are completely dependent on my mood and energy levels. How I feel when I am painting determines its quality in my mind. Feeling lethargic and unconfident, because of the way I paint, brings a bad painting. Feeling energetic and inspired makes it all flow and produces a good painting.
Energy and spontaneity is the key to the way I paint. It is an essential part. Another is layering and the history of a painting - the previous layer deciding the next layer. The emphasis of materials and organic marks - natural geometry and at the same time showing evidence of myself the artist. The combining of involuntary mark making with evidence of the artist has become the essence of the process of my work. I have in fact started to use brooms instead of brushes to paint with which creates different and interesting marks.
Replication of nature - Involuntarialism and reactions. ‘Involuntarialism is the act of allowing the paint and gravity to create the painting itself. Involuntarylism is subject to the artist ‘puppeteering’ the paint, using built up knowledge and past experience, to create the final painting. The artist’s involvement is purely to manipulate the paint and canvas so as to exaggerate as strongly as possible the resulting organic textures and marks. The whole idea of involuntarylism is allowing the paints characteristics to produce the marks, creating organic patterns, atmosphere and substantiation, allowing the painting to have a life of its own.
Im really enjoying myself painting and I feel a huge progression in my work, more mentally that physically (even though I notice some differences in appearance perhaps the public would not) in my decision making and pushing the boundaries when it comes to knowing when to stop i.e I keep putting the layers on when in the past I would have called it a 'finished painting'. This is causing me to paint less canvases and to be more dedicated to the individual piece which I am finding extremely satisfying and fulfilling. Im caring less also with each piece enabling me to be more spontaneous and confident in my processes and application and mixing of the oil paint and emulsion.