My figurative art practice reflects the concerns I have for the survival of mankind on our increasingly inhospitable and polluted planet.
Global food security and biodiversity in a world facing climate uncertainty are further challenges I focus on. Children are my metaphor for the future of our existence. In my paintings I represent them as the innocent players in imagined scenarios of catastrophic climate devastation.
The process of my work is a journey of picture making through imagination, research, reflection and reconsideration. An idea might come from a radio programme, a newspaper article or a conversation. I sketch initial concepts, usually for a series of related artworks, and make notes and lists of ideas as they develop.
I plan the elements of a painting and sources for research: the photographs I need to take, observational drawings of children, background images of hostile environments and children’s fashion and toys. I research through books, the media, catalogues, and found objects.
I hope through my art to focus attention on building a more sustainable future for our children and all life on Earth.