Artist's Statement

Colour, shape, language and perception are all interconnected in my work.

That an idea, feeling or emotion can be expressed as a shape and, conversely, that a shape can suggest an idea, a state of mind or an emotional state, I find immensely fascinating.

Furthermore, judging from the somewhat startled expression on the faces of first time viewers, this interconnection, though previously insensible to them, is readily perceived at a glance and apparently acknowledged and understood nearly as swiftly.

It is a universal characteristic of the human mind, it seems, when presented with a jumble of visual stimuli, to make sense of it all by instantaneously conjuring up a meaning for what is presented to the eye.

 

The brilliant colours achievable through the acrylic medium are ideal for achieving a bold statement about the interplay of shape and emotion.

Acrylics virtually scream at the viewer to come on over and take a close look! And when the viewer peers closer, the colours capture the attention, figuratively grabbing the lapels of the viewer's jacket and pulling that viewer bodily into the painting.

Colour and the arrangement of different colours upon the canvas create a dimensionality that can persuade the observing mind that, indeed, three-dimensional space has been captured upon the canvas. It feels as though the viewer could step into that space and explore all the mysteries of that intriguing unknown territory.

In each of my works my goal is to convey a single idea that will speak universally to each viewer individually. There is no greater satisfaction in art than realizing one's work has succeeded in so doing.