Recent work uses film and cinematography as sources of inspiration for paintings that primarily deal with expression and emotional character.
In these works the figures have been taken from a scene, presented out of context and re-imagined as paintings; close-up, cropped and re-edited with saturated colour and gestural mark-making adding to the drama of the image. The fiction of the character is apparent by the use of dialogue which becomes the title of the work. There is no reference to the original story line or film sequence that inspired each piece, therefore the viewer is left to interpret the image as they see it. I tend to think of these paintings as ‘character studies’ rather than portraits. They are not ‘posed’ as in a traditional stereotypical portrait but captured and reinterpreted.