My painting technique explores the tension between control and happy accident, elegance and roughness. I work using a drip technique which I have evolved, with flowers or weeds as my subject matter. They are nothing special, just what I see when I’m walking around. I particularly like the way the colours spill out onto the pavement, disturbing the calm geometry of the city. I like the tangle of nature and the negative space made by those shapes. Also, for me, they represent the eternity of life.
Observational drawing always forms the starting point for each piece. I use acrylic on canvas, in a strict palette of no more than 3 colours. Stripped down of excess detail, as I like to get to the essence of it. I’m also interested in the spot where representational meets abstract. I normally start with the canvas on the easel, building up layers to create visual texture. Then move it onto the floor for my favourite part, the pouring. The drips and splashes not only depict the flowers or weeds but also hint at movement, growth, pollen, particles swirling around or atoms bashing into each other.
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