My ideas about art-making reflect a combination of concepts: the material nature of painting and how the viewer perceives its surface, the history of painting as a medium, abstraction, memory, representation, and technology. The work is executed on 1/8″ thick aluminium panels using high gloss commercial enamels that enhance the liquid qualities of paint. The liquid state of paint is more evident with enamel paint because when dry, the traced contours of the image remain. This quality gives a transitory effect to the piece, as if the image is still forming. The colour photograph that I use as a source for painting is reduced to its basic twelve to fifteen colours in an effort to abstract it.
Onto the stripped down form of the photographic image, I then build up paint so that the painting vacillates between the vagueness of the image and the specificity caused by the physicality of the paint itself. The paintings attempt to deal with the perception of images through the use of the specific material of the medium. The gloss enamel is not only a signifier for the material nature of the paint, but is also the vehicle in which the form is represented. I create my paintings within the “language” of painting. Conscious of my use of historical references, the work does not try and disguise the fact that it is painting, an object with a long and complex history.