Who or what is the biggest inspiration for your art?
The majority of my work is derived from Landscape and the Natural Environment. It relates to aspects of time, materiality, specific places and sounds. I wish my work could be as big as the open air.
Please tell us more about your working process and the way you approach new artworks
I make drawings about possible ideas in my sketch book. These are generally accompanied by experimentations with materials which attempt to develop the ideas further. Ideas, not ideals.
What motivates you the most in your artistic journey?
Discovering new possibilities.
Who or what has recently impressed you?
A book on the art of Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri.
Which artist, dead or alive, would you want to have a beer with?
How do you spend your free time besides artistic work?
Spending time with my wife Dorothy.
Do you have any dream projects in mind that you would like to do in the future?
Working with another Artist on a collaborative project, sharing processes and products.
In your statement, you mention that “colour is a distraction”. Can you elaborate on your decision to only use monochrome media?
Colour can express a lot of different things. Those other meanings aren’t relevant to what I am trying to do. They are of no significance to me.
“Flock” stands out among your artworks as somewhat machinelike. Can you tell us more about what inspired it and the techniques you used?
We get lots of flocks of migrating Starlings where we live, I enjoy watching them, they seem to be having fun. I needed to make marks about this so, I taped a series of felt tip pens to the blade of my Jigsaw, I started it working and drew with this on a revolving sheet of paper. It was quite fun, like the undulating/pulsing flocks of Starlings flying overhead.
Rings seem to be a recurring theme in your art – what is their significance?
Some significant influences have been circular/cyclic in shape. From elements relating to time or landscape features, the Etang du Montady in the Languedoc being an example (you can see this on the internet).