Artist statement

My art practice and writing of poetry are an exploration which contemplates the life force or positive energy which connects and permeates all things.  Creating an expression of such reflections through art & poetic practice.

I work more and more in nature. With an underlying awareness of the environmental issues facing our world I feel we need to develop our way of life to be much more in tune with nature and to be far more reverential towards other species.

I work with impressions of the connections between the body, life force and everything in the world around us.  Nothing being separate.   An expression of the lines and shapes made, of pathways taken.  And the clusters and patterns of energy, created through movement, emotion and the connecting nature and attracting forces of those positive energies, embedded in karma. As if, the art & poetry were maps giving directions which point towards, a molecular world revealing the interaction of the soul. Or at least this is their aspiration which in practice perhaps creates only hints and echoes. Underpinning my art and poems are Buddhist and meditative practices.

As an artist and poet, when I work, I reflect upon the deep, and sometimes personal, questions which can absorb our emotional and spiritual landscapes, like the meaning of love and relationships. I contemplate fundamental questions, such as, what life is about and how we go about finding an authentic place in world. Also, considering in what ways can we bring out the best in ourselves and others.  How we can live to create more environmental balance. And how we can encourage kindness, equanimity and peace in the world.  Essential questions which affect us all. In the understanding that our responses to these central questions, will affect our children’s world, their children’s also and so on.  These preoccupations are present in my art and poems, in glimpses, reflections, metaphors and shadows…

I work mainly with paint and ink.  Also, sometimes, with clay, bronze and plaster.  And with the paraphernalia of physical training disciplines, performative making, digital film and photography.  As well as, words.

For me art and poetry is like, a face that looks down into stillness, the black-calm of a lake… one reflects the other, always.  I like to work with beauty and colour. At times with gentleness and quietude and at other times, with the effervescent physicality of power and grace…

All of the above I endeavour to create through practices essentially encompassed by a life based on, kindness, equanimity & peace.

Key words – art, energy, nature, beauty, buddhism, movement, body, poems, connection, love, life force, enlightenment, balance, boxing, gym rings