Like all Artists I have borrowed from those that have gone before me. Style, technique, composition, and subject matter all have in some way been influenced by other image makers. I love the work of Van Gogh, Matisse, Klee and Chagall, but the greatest influence is the work of the children I taught while I was a school teacher. I love children’s art for its directness, spontaneity and use of colour. This enables an honesty and clarity which is often lost in sophisticated Western Art.
I have attempted to use some of elements in my paintings – intense colours, strong lineal elements to create a simple “child like” quality. All laws of perspective and colour theory have been abandoned. I seek to express in its pure and naïve form, the humanness of our condition within our placed environment. In particular, those deeply personal aspects of my own life, profoundly impacted by the love of my family and my engagement with God.
“It seems to me then, and it seems to me still that if God is to speak to us at all in this world, if God speaks anywhere, it is into our personal lives that he speaks.” Buechner
It is this quote by Buechner that helps me synthesize my belief in God, the meaning of my life and the expression of meaning through those visual images.
What is it that captures my attention, that I take notice of, that draws my eye, that attracts me, that captivates me? Why? Is it God speaking to me? As I reflect on them they reveal a reality to me. An insight into life and God.
We want the fanfare, the grand, the miraculous and God comes to us in the suffering, in the conflict, in the mundane and the obscure.