The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts.
My work is not about the glory of the human form more about being human. Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. My focus is on me as an individual and how individuals connect within different groups.
Sometimes I take focus on smaller elements of identity for example finger print, name, or signature. I use these as a reference for works that often takes on an abstract element, whose artistic aesthetic is achieved by the arrangement of these various components.
Often I take the individual as a whole with the full figure using its outline as evidence of its presence. The outlines overlapping form a linear pattern produced by the uniqueness of each individual. These large communities of lines form an individuality and unity.
When I make a large work that develops through a slow process using individuals, the final piece forms a consuming image for both the people involved in the making and the audience. Collaboration makes the process and ultimately finished artwork more responsive and more human.
Taking some commissioned drawing portraits. This gentleman is my Father, and the lady is my Mother, whom I’ve been meaning to draw for a very long time.
The need for approval has constantly badgered me. This monster has always taken control of my insecurities and constantly shattered my confidence where ever and when ever I’ve been or doing.
With this in mind my desire to seek approval means my life is continually lead behind a mask.