1 What is/are the primary reason(s) for you to make work in the first place?
My identity as an artist. Could never think of anything else meaningful to do.
2 What do you intend your work to convey to an audience?
Meaning, depth, beauty. A sense of craft and precision.
3 Why do you work in your chosen medium and format?
Always enjoy working primarily with paint. Has the most flexibility and ability to convey anything I might want to. Also have an obsession with newspaper.
4 Technically speaking how do you go about constructing your work, that is the image or object itself? What devices do you employ?
Scour the newspapers for images, stories, etc. Collect them, work with them in studio. Choose subjects to paint. Arrange on studio wall and paint as Still Life: depiction of an object in paint.
5 Which period(s)/artists/specific works of art are you influenced by and how directly? How does this manifest in your work?
Particularly influenced by the history of Still Life. From Dutch 17th century, through Chardin to Picasso and Warhol.
6 What stimulates/informs your work from the world around you?
Newspapers, in particular Obituaries. Also contemporary art shows.
7 What stimulates/informs your work from your own personal experience?
Death of my father seminal. Began painting Still Life….
8 From where do you derive your other visual source material (i.e. non art historical) and how do you implement this material within your work?
Newspapers, as above.
9 What are the main problems that you face in making your work?
Technically very difficult to execute. Precise rendering in paint of image and text. eg. 20pt Times Roman in oil paint. Too much source material. Have to be quite ruthless in deciding what to paint.
10 Where do you intend to take your work from here?
One thing leads to another. Continue painting. Also curating shows. Important part of my practice, as is teaching. Keeps me 'on my toes'. Keeps me thinking and reassessing what I am doing and how other contemporary art practice is developing….