Every day is a learning day
In these years I remember working at perhaps my most frantic and manic. Time was very short and extremely precious to me and with working two jobs I had almost no time to paint in. So what I did have was used wisely. It is, perhaps, the very existence of this dynamic that helped me break through some of my own barriers of confidence and ability.
There are a couple of pieces in here that still get remarked on to this day and have been the basis of several commissions. By 2012 I was starting to get a style and rhythm and, more importantly, growing in confidence and ability.
Show up every day
Composition, colour toning, negative spaces, textures, the chemical processes, structure, balance, shading, material procurement – it was all starting to make some sense now and with repeat practice I recall how I was beginning to understand what my hands and materials were capable of.
These paintings are all in date order – so the oldest ones are at the bottom and the newer ones at the top. If you scroll up and down you can see how my evolution has changed over this time frame. These 25 paintings represent a selection of what I was doing over a four year period.
It’s the thing I sit and ponder over the most. Every time I begin a painting session I have to learn my through the painting, even if it’s something I’ve practiced over and over again. I will always be learning. I get that now.