I am a painter and writer, living and working on the Cambridge Suffolk border. I have a portfolio of paintings and prints for sale,
undertake commissioned work, and offer tuition in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
About how I work
I draw in order to more fully understand what it is I see. My work is
usually based on my drawings. By better understanding and describing the
form, one can begin to abstract and see the underlying patterns revealed.
Picasso said, "Art is the lie that enables us to tell the truth." A
painting will always be a construct of some kind. The boat that one is
painting will inevitably steam away, leaving one to somehow make sense of
If my paintings are about anything they are about the stilled
moment, which like Eliot's ginger jar, is perpetual in its motion. It is
Eliot's "stilled point", in all its complexity, that I am trying to
describe in my work.
Four Quartets is a painter's poem. It is
certainly the one that speaks most clearly to me, both in its ambitions and
in its recognition of human frailty and imprecision.
- "Only by the form, the pattern,
- can words or music reach
- the stillness, as a Chinese jar still
- moves perpetually in the stillness.."
- -- T. S. Eliot Burnt Norton, Four Quartets
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