My art is about getting back to simple ideas, simple forms, simple colour combinations, and expressing a sense of play within an image. For example to a child a tree is a tree, a hill is a hill. They will always draw the same basic image. The basic shapes are symbols. A child may even draw a baseline within which to organize their space. This baseline is often green (representing grass) at the bottom of the paper. The figures stand on this line. Slightly older children may also add secondary baselines for background objects and a skyline to hold the sun and clouds. The viewer can articulate the meaning behind the picture with ease and understands what they are viewing.
We all made art like this when we were a child. But then most of us developed a more complex view of the world. Many of us are now lost in complexity, and have forgotten how to be simple. I myself am fascinated by the idea of making art that gets back to the symbolic essence of our environment and its appreciation: To capture a thought, an idea, a period, a place, a time, in the simplest of methods. I hope to bring the viewer of my artworks back to the simplicity of how a child views the world, but with the presentation and refinement I have developed as an artist. The aim is to paint in such a way that conveys a sense of frozen motion or deep stillness within the picture yet move the viewer with colour which will help define the key shapes drawn from the environment anchored in space.