Jean Debuffet characterized 'outsider art' or 'art brut' as, “Those works created from solitude and from pure and authentic creative impulses – where the worries of competition, acclaim and social promotion do not interfere.”|
I am a self-taught artist. I consider myself an outsider, outside the mainstream - once upon a time I might have argued that society put me there. Now I realise that I put myself on the outside. It was nobody's fault but mine. It’s where I want to be. Being on the margins allows me a greater vista from which to view the world and respond to it.
Charles Bukowski once wrote, “As the spirit wanes the form appears”; if there is a point to my work it is to keep the spirit from waning, and to affirm life. I interpret Bukowski’s maxim in two ways - firstly, to choose passion and intuition over formula, and secondly to make use of those moments when the spirit wanes and we seek the strength to endure, out of this endurance my art can take on its own form, and find its place in the world.
As you will see from this site, my main focus is in producing contemporary abstract paintings. I make most of my canvases from scratch and have recently been making my own oil paints from powder pigment. I can make frames if required.
My personal technique of painting has come from a mixture of instinct and intuition, from meditation and silence.
Ultimately, if what I do with my art could be put into words, I wouldn't need to paint it. I could just write it down. Authenticity and inspiration are best exchanged through direct experience so please feel free to arrange a meeting to see the work I have produced. An outsider’s point of view is always handy.