1 What is/are the primary reason(s) for you to make work in the first place?
I enjoy it, and the continual problems it throws up.
2 What do you intend your work to convey to an audience?
For me the work is about imagery, and the different role different types of imagery and aesthetics occupy within culture, both high and low.
I'd like it if this was picked up on by the audience, but I wouldn't say there is a single specific message I wish to convey.
3 Why do you work in your chosen medium and format?
It seems the most appropriate for playing with the issues and subjects that interest me.
4 Technically speaking how do you go about constructing your work, that is the image or object itself? What devices do you employ?
My paintings are based on photographic sources rather than 'life' painting. They're painted with both an airbrush and a paintbrush and are then glazed with either gloss varnish or resin.
5 Which period(s)/artists/specific works of art are you influenced by and how directly? How does this manifest in your work?
I tend to be drawn to art such as Rococo and Genre Painting. I like the hiding of meanings that goes on in them; that the subject of these paintings is rarely the subject in the title. In the case of Rococo especially, I also like the celebration of opulence and decoration for their own sake.
6 What stimulates/informs your work from the world around you?
Anything really; commercial art, fine art, airbrush art, tattoo art, fairground art, comic art, advertising photography, fashion photography... anything visual I guess. I like the idea of all these things swirling in a big melting pot. Internet image search engines as well; I love the way everything is democratised in the presentation.
7 What stimulates/informs your work from your own personal experience?
I suppose with such a vast amount of imagery and references to work from, my own personal tastes and interests must inform the direction the work takes to a large extent. I try to make these decisions as unconsciously as possible though.
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?
Again, any visual source really. However because my main interests involve sources that have been filtered through at least one medium (as opposed to me working directly from the subject) these sources tend to be 2-Dimensional.
9 What are the main problems that you face in making your work?
Coatings are always a problem! Dust as well...
10 Where do you intend to take your work from here?
I've recently become interested in Catholic iconography and the very kitsch way in which these works are made. I've also been thinking about the differences between referencing an aesthetic and being an aesthetic.