Landscape - Memory - Imagination
My work begins as exploration. Working with trees as primary subject matter is the perfect excuse to wander in woods and parkland. Hours of walking and observation precedes all my work. Gathering tactile information, collecting interesting pieces of twisted wood and stones with meandering veins, but most importantly memories.
Inspiration comes from the mysterious and anthropomorphic nature of ancient trees. They invoke empathy and personal connection whilst simultaneously transcending human timescales and ideas of mortality. I use monochrome for its unnatural perfection, a visual incompleteness and polarizing of tonal values, making that which could be grotesque, appear beautiful and fascinating.