I am interested in conveying a sense of a place, and while the experience and observations might be personal to me, to bring the viewer along with me to visually explore.
My current body of work is based on time slowing down these past 2 years and creative input coming from places closer to home: the local ditch, the abandoned farm garden down the road, the village allotment next-door and the old woodland by the roundabout.
Coming to terms with a new way of living and the emotional rollercoaster attached to daily changing restrictions resulted in a new way of creating and looking. This work reflects the liveliness in the stillness found sitting on the ground being surrounded by itching nettles, flying and crawling insects, new blossoms and dying weeds sweeping past in a gust of wind and seasons rearranging the setting and sittings. Environments close to my home in the Oxfordshire countryside, brimming with life when looking close up end up expressed in sketchbooks, small boards and on large canvases, translating sounds, colour pops, growth, the weather and feel of the place with paint into visual experiences.
My cherished studio is at the old Cow Sheds at Friars Court in Clanfield, Oxfordshire, UK. The studio is tucked away in a corner of a working farm, next to a local florist and pottery studio, surrounded by interesting people and beautiful gardens.
There is plenty of free parking and easy access to the studio spaces.
Paul Klee said: A line is a dot that went for a walk.
"That thought makes me smile. I imagine my dots to dance!"
I am an expressive contemporary oil painter living and working in Kelmscott by the Thames. I was born in 1979 in Germany and after my degree in Sports Marketing travelled extensively through my work in Motorsport Marketing before moving to the UK, where I now happily live and work with paint.
I am interested in sharing a personal experience of a place, and while the experience and observations might seem to be personal, I also try to bring the viewer along to visually explore and find themselves engaged and part of my experience. Creativity being a process, many painterly decisions are made along the way, not all successful, many surprising, but all adding to the joy of creating, of pushing paint, of playing with colour, aesthetics, and visual design.
These traces of the creative process are an essential part of my work.
My fundamental quest is to express something personal, subjective and emotive in a lyrical abstracted way. My love for lush rich oil paint shows in the application and the dynamic surface of my works of art. What excites me is the direct dialogue between the canvas, the paint, my gestures and my brush.
The paintings don't just paint themselves but I work and wrestle, sometimes dance with them it feels. The narrative is in the paint itself and laid bare by way of application. I hope they are accessible to all, not complicated but probably marmite.
Creativity being a process, many painterly decisions are made along the way, not all successful, many surprising, but all adding to the joy of creating, of pushing paint, of playing with colour, aesthetics, and visual design.
This intimate chat between me and my paintings leads to engaging multifaceted works that are fresh and very personal.
You are invited to join the chat!