My artistic search is to find beauty in my world. I believe our current situation can sometimes seem very dark; I am looking for the light. I have always felt a powerful attraction to natural beauty but human creations can inspire me too. I love images that imply solitude. Old, antique or sometimes even deteriorating objects and ancient settings move me. Perhaps I associate wisdom with age; I am drawn to the nostalgic, the solitude, the memory, the dream.
Both in my travels and locally, I try to capture the beauty of what I see with my camera. The images I make become the raw material for my art. Once at home, in my digital darkroom, I ponder each of these images until I find something that particularly touches me. That image becomes the basis for my work.
I don’t consciously plan what the final image will be. I keep working on it, sometimes reversing myself if I don’t like where the piece seems to be going. Sometimes I set it aside for several days and come back to it. Often this “percolation” phase gives me a renewed impetus to finish the piece. Other times, it helps me to realize that the piece is done.
Most of my work is created in two parts: the photography-based parts of the image and the abstract canvas underneath, prepared using textures and colours extracted from that image. The photographs I modify extensively using software filters, layers, brush strokes, blends and masks, depending on the effects that seem to suit.
My ultimate aim in making art is to create something beautiful and arouse a contemplation of and an appreciation for what he have, a love of the world around us and desire to preserve it for the future.