Briefly, describe your art practice? I find myself going down all sorts of windy wee roads doing all sorts of interesting things and being happily immersed: from large scale mural work, installation based art, to getting back at the easel for my portrait painting.
What inspires you to make art work? I think I’m mostly inspired by figuring out how to get from jotting down the smatterings of an idea, using my hands and whatever tools for the job, to making that mental image into a tangible object. That’s what drives me.
Explain the basis of your art project for The Bonkers Contemporary Show This installation entitled 'NOTHING TO SEE HERE' refers to the political impact on our everyday lives. The concept originated from Time Magazine's front cover 'IS TRUTH DEAD?'. The everyday domestic living space seems innocuous enough but is filled with subtle and not-so-subtle messages that we, for the most part, too readily accept. Our apathy is reflected in the comfort we live in.
Who are your role models artistically? I remember looking at a small detail, barely an inch of a Joan Eardley portrait of children and being fascinated with the colour, texture and brush stroke. It was one of my few ‘Oh yeah, NOW I understand what I’m supposed to do!’ moments. It was a game changer for me.
What do you think is your most AMAZING achievement in art today? Goodness, where do I start? Well, being a part of the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2011 with a painting of my son ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ was amazing, as it was the catalyst to get me painting after a long period of inactivity. Because of that I was asked to contribute my voice and lyrics to The Grand Gestures: music with guest writers and vocalists, which in turn became the subject matter for my first solo exhibition.
Describe your art in 5 words. It’s something different every day