As an artist I specialise and focus my creativity on the medium of print. Print-making is my 'artistic language' language of choice. I see my work as an 'original' idea which comes together as a series of images which happen to be 50 or 150 virtually identical pieces. Combined they become the finished and intended complete 'Artwork'.
My inspiration for the past 4 or 5 years has been fueled by ' Flowers ', specifically the ones that you give to a partner to say ' thank you ', ' I love you ', ' I'm sorry '.... The forced, unnatural and controlled shop bought variety that become domesticated. As or compared to the organic, untamed and natural ones found wild in our landscapes.
The idea is simple... I take photo/s of the said flowers ( mainly when they are past their best )... They seem more interesting and have a quality I like. Using the photos I compose an image; one that ' speaks ' to me, reveals a harmony and an aesthetic which I respond to. Next I introduce more colour - a naive building block flourescence, vivid and over-the-top. When it reaches boiling point I turn the heat to Max. Pushing it somewhere near that ' South American ' beat and merging it with a Mediterranean rhythm.... it's the part that's missing from my chilled Cambrian Celticness.
Next comes the printing process, again I'm in charge of the direction of the work... at this point I boost the colour again, increasing it until it's screaming... ' Viva la Revolution!! ' Everytime an image appears from the printer I am always ecstatic and excited... the newness, flatness and brightness soothes my soul... It's joyful, magic and triumphant... call me the ' Willy Wonka of the inkjet world'!
The process is miraculously simple, I control the quality of the work from beginning to end... I'm the creator, curator, technician, canvas stretcher and maker, or as my Daughter likes to believe, I am both and all ' The Elves and The Printmaker'.