1 What is/are the primary reason(s) for you to make work in the first place?
A fascination with the past, myths, legends and the unanswered questions of life.
2 What do you intend your work to convey to an audience?
That a being's primeval desire is to belong to something greater than ones self. That the past is inside the present.
3 Why do you work in your chosen medium and format?
Painting is the oldest recorded form and as such has the richest history. What I am doing is not so far removed as a man painting on a cave 10 thousand years ago. He is communicating something as I am; painting is the most immediate form to communicate with.
4 Technically speaking how do you go about constructing your work, that is the image or object itself? What devices do you employ?
The works are constructed by cherry picking historical sources, these are then Interpreted to create multilayered environments that are then populated with specific characters.
5 Which period(s)/artists/specific works of art are you influenced by and how directly? How does this manifest in your work?
I don't think there is any particular period or specific work that really influences the work directly but I am particularly fond of Hogarth, Blake, Ritchie, early medieval and Pre Raphaelite Painting.
6 What stimulates/informs your work from the world around you?
Places of historical interest, from battle fields, forts and tombs, old English myths and legends, I suppose in short History.
7 What stimulates/informs your work from your own personal experience?
I always had a fascination with collecting from bird skulls; butterflies to WWII medals, anything and everything, If It could be collected I would collect it. I would become obsessive about it until I had learned everything I could then I would abandon it. This I suppose explains the magpie approach to making the work.
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?
I collect images that have been cropped or framed in interesting ways. I can then reinterpret these when constructing a piece.
9 What are the main problems that you face in making your work?
Thirst and Hunger
10 Where do you intend to take your work from here?
Ideally I need a new studio, a small croft on Rousay an Island just off the main land of Orkney. There I would dress up as a bird and chew on Neolithic bones.