Chelsea School of Art, 2000, BTEC
My paintings, predominantly of girls under water, and mostly self portraits, aim to arouse not just a sense of well being and pleasure, but suggesting notions of insecurity, fantasy and sexuality.
Many of my paintings examine the figures abstracted, mutated, refracted and reflected within these lush liquid environments that I surround them by, which lend themselves to a paradox of feelings when being viewed.
The paintings are without a horizon line, so as not to have a reference of anything solid to draw perspectives upon – allowing the viewer to feel like they are under the water with the girl or acting as a voyeur from above.
With each painting narrative based, together they add to an autobiography that is gradually being written in paint. My influences coming from artists such as Francis Bacon with his Carcus and Crucifixion paintings, Egon Schieles drawings, and also Jenny Saville, my paintings are steadily exploring many more issues that I as an artist am dealing with.