"Landscape formation and human endeavor (as well as human misrule) go hand in hand (Scruton & Warpole, 2002), and often the land gives up of itself; there are traces everywhere if we would only open our eyes and look".
"For me, landscape is not just what I see but also a way of seeing."
My current body of work seeks to explore and respond to the emotive and psychological idea; what constitutes landscape, why I feel connected with it, and how through the varied use and application of paint, inclusion of symbols or motifs a visual language of my own can be developed, creating something interesting where the viewer can determine for themselves the meaning of the artwork and how to respond.
Through varied layering, pouring and manipulation of paint, use of scale, the inclusion or exclusion of elements, text or symbols and the use of a limited palette, these abstracted topographical landscapes seek to explore and evoke ideas about how identity, connection, trace, residue and belonging can be constituted through place.
These concepts together with reconciling how, since settlement, man has influenced, manipulated and controlled the land have become central to the way I attempt to evoke connection and belonging. The land bears scars and residue of man’s endeavors yet there is still inherent beauty in the vast emptiness, which often extends beyond just what we see.