Some ideas come at the most inappropriate times and I have to jot them down while
they’re fresh. I always have my sketch pad sitting next to me as I work, and this
way I can continuously refer to it and develop a theme before actually painting.
Next I decide on my colour palette which may come spontaneously or involve creating
a mood board with pictures of various objects I cut out of magazines. I usually
work on stretched canvas or board with acrylics or oil bars.
The beauty of acrylics is that they are so immediate. I can achieve a host textures
by scratching and marking and finish a painting in one day. Once I have sketched
the form of the painting and decided on the colour palette I treat it like an abstract
piece of work to balance colours and textures. I gain a lot of pleasure in discovering
new ways of adding texture to my paintings.
When I worked as a textile designer I learnt how to achieve different finishes by
printing with scraps of material and using a variety of implements to scrape scratch
and mark. Usually I know when a painting is finished. I do like to assess and reassess
days later and make final tweaks if necessary.
I find it very hard to be fully satisfied with every piece I produce and I guess
this is what keeps pushing me forward and striving to produce better work. Every
new canvas is a means of developing as an artist and will hopefully bring more pleasure
to those who see my art.