The seemingly simplistic shapes and arrangements within these paintings do not come from a Pop Art or cartooning tradition but are a result of improvised drawing – a ‘playing’ with line. The subject matter is recognisably harbours, boats, landscapes and cafes but I deal with these subjects purely in terms of shape and colour. Playing the ‘game’ of lining things up and jig-sawing shapes together is how each work develops through drawing.
Most of my work does not depict any particular place but I am happy to allow the viewer to recognise objects and scenes from their own memories. When the work does depict a specific place I work from remembered objects, shapes, colours and a feeling for the place rather than direct observation.
My interest (and training) in Abstraction, Cubism and Minimalism continues to influence the final outcome. In essence, the formally arranged composition within a rectangular, or geometrically shaped format is everything!