My paintings incorporate elements of both fiction and reality, and are brought to fruition through a varied means of production.
A significant focus has been an exploration of the mediated image, and an investigation into the power of implied narrative. Through the act of painting, narrative begins to form as elements are added or removed, displaced from their source and recontextualised, providing the scenes an intangible sense of familiarity.
Imagery sourced from personal photographs, drawings and the mass-media are rendered with a realist technique, calling into question the legibility of the painting. Working over several layers separated by glazes and mediums, the scene emerges through a deep engagement with material process – creating an astringent, synthetic quality reminiscent of a Hollywood film set.
The repetition of motifs such as pools and palm fronds situates the work in relation to Pop Art, with the mediated image being deployed as a material in its own right.
The malleability of the re-contextualised image allows for multiple readings, which aim to situate the viewer in relationship with a domestic geography that is both recognisable yet hyperreal.