The human form, with its vast range of physical and emotional expression, has been a recurring theme in my work.
In recent years, however, the aesthetic athleticism of tennis has become a particular passion. I have been fortunate to visit some of the key venues and observe first hand these elite athletes in action: Wimbledon, the O2 ATP, the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Queens and recently the Federation Cup at the Copper Box Arena, Olympic Park.
I paint using acrylics on cotton or linen canvas. I often work on a series of paintings concurrently, allowing them to develop gradually together.
The individual compositions can evolve from a mixture of life drawing, sketching and taking photographs at events plus digital collage. In the final paintings I limit the range of colours I use, starting with either two related colours or two complementary colours, with hints of the underlying colours showing through.
These colours can be suggested by the original source material or purely for aesthetic reasons. However, during the process of painting, these develop, as does the composition. Each painting will go through an average of five stages until deemed finished.