I source diverse images from photographs, film stills or tv and translate these into mainly large-scale drawings and paintings.
Working with sticks of charcoal, soft pastel, or paint, I explore diversity of subject, media and medium.
Variation and series are key to my practice, so I will often work from the same image repeatedly. each time I revisit an image, there will be shifts and changes, in a similar way to how music changes when played repeatedly.
Included in my series are drawings translated from the photographs of Tokihiro Sato who has given me permission to work form his photographs. Tokihiro’s woodland photographs were taken in the ancient Japanese beech forests in northern Japan, Shirakami-Sanchi, a Uniseco World Heritage site.
As a winner of the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for my large charcoal drawing, After Atget ‘Nenuphars’ , I have a continued passion for working with charcoal on paper.
There is something elemental about charcoal, it is one of the least processed of tools to draw with and I love the way when I am holding a stick of charcoal that I feel so connected with the material that I am making a mark with.
My artworks are translations, I attempt to capture something from the original while imparting something new of my own.
“The Task of the Translator” is an attempt to … to shine upon the original all the more fully” (Walter Benjamin, “The Task” 260).