My chosen medium has long been paint, and I work in oil because I love the pliant yet elusive nature of the medium, I love how effectively and mysteriously it carries the energy and trace of the artist. Furthermore, I am interested in the range of expression oil paint can provide, from thin, dripping washes to richly layered forms, brushstrokes which show the hand of the maker, which is invisible in the everyday world.
My most recent work deals with making the visual language of alchemy relevant to contemporary art, transformation of the self and imagining pure states of consciousness. For years, my work has dealt with the flux of identity, persona, Jungian psychology and the play of male and female energies. Such considerations are universal in mythology, and are not intended to be overtly concerned with gender norms, rather the balance of energies within life.
This imagery functions as a visual repository for a symbolic narrative in which a dream-like language defines itself for me. Figures make up the bulk of my oeuvre, specifically, myself and typically the people who are closest to me; I am fascinated with the dynamics of relationships and psychology. I like to challenge the viewer, to provoke, to intrigue and to make people think while leaving room for interpretation. One of my aims is to create mystery through use of curious and unexpected imagery. Elements of paintings often come to me in dreams or fantasies of alternate realities based on some part of an emotional or essential truth. The paintings are a combination of the very personal as well as the archetypal, and as such, they often bear mythological associations. Thematically, I deal with the nature of creativity, life and death, sexuality, mysticism, self and other, voyeurism and the nature of looking.