My figurative drawings and paintings often depict faces and hands as my passion is for creating a realistic likeness and capturing a mood or character.
Using the theme of 'Connections' has focused me and allowed further development of my interest in combining figurative or natural elements with formal shapes, diagrams and text. My work continues to be inspired by such artist/illustrators as Norman Rockwell and Oliver Jeffers who also often use geometric shapes and written words in their compositions of people.
I also enjoy depicting nature: often birds and insects. I 'frame' parts of my pictures in different ways and use of birds as recurring theme. This reminds me of assemblages by Joseph Cornell which i often admire.
I playfully balance compositions with abstract elements, bold colours, repeated motifs and printed pattern such as in 1950's advertising posters. The artworks that accompanies the films of Wes Anderson inspires particular colour palettes and some graphic elements.
I juxtapose elements to present (often surreal) illustrative narratives. In this sketchbook I have created a series of mixed media pages using my paintings as well as pen and pencil drawings, photographs and fabric and paper collage.
Being part of this sketchbook project has been an enjoyably motivating experience.
Subjects/ideas reflected in the sketchbook
I explore the shapes, patterns and lines that humans, and nature's creatures make following their paths through life. Whether they are literal or normally unseen i enjoy formalising these shapes and setting them alongside paintings and drawings of people or birds.
Such occurrences as birds in flight or footsteps on journeys are fascinating to analyse considering all the possible trajectories of their paths. I find it interesting to ponder the innate instincts to follow a particular journey or figurative paths in life and how these routes intersect or connect with others.
When we alight.
I love to draw and paint busy hands at work during the creation of crafts or capturing them treasuring an item of significance.
I highlight the beauty of the detailed processes and the skills involved. It is fascinating to consider the many skills and traditions that families pass down through generations: that these are woven and sewn into the fabric of our lives.
Some chose to nurture, to hone these handed-down skills and appreciate their innate abilities and the teaching they have been given. While others, choose to make new paths, they cannot deny the qualities passed to them contribute to their future.
I instinctively balance mementos including handwriting, fabrics and photographs in my pages. Doing so adds to the personal significance of my work and acknowledges the importance i hold to the traditions, skills and values i have been given which i use to shape my own path.
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