(but not the only) current focus of my artwork is the female nude: perhaps the most
consistent and dominating theme throughout all of the history of art, and yet
one that I believe can still yield fresh insights into the human condition and
My aim is to explore how a drawing made of charcoal,
pastel, ink or paint - depicting a body, made of flesh, bones, skin and blood
- can portray a mind consisting of thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears. How one
moment in a person's life when they are revealing their body can make them
suddenly aware of what and where they are; and how this can open up so many new
or hidden thoughts and feelings.
Alongside this indulgence of psychological curiosity I
hope to continue in the long, long line of artists that have used whatever skill
they can muster in attempt to capture the pure natural beauty of the female
form. Some aspects of this beauty seem to be timeless but all things are in some
part linked to the climate and fashions of the day and I hope that I will be
able to depict some examples of a truly modern, contemporary vision of the
'perfect' beauty: my 'Venus'.
I like to get as much creative input from the model as
possible, trying to capture some of the character of the person and the emotion
of the moment. Different women react to being nude in very different ways, with
mixed feelings of exposure, freedom, fear, excitement, modesty and pride.
And the feeling often changes as the drawing session
progresses, the relationship between artist and model matures, and the
model gains confidence. This dynamic interaction is particularly interesting for
Obviously each woman that I draw has a different body as well as a unique
personality and so I don't like to plan too much before starting the drawing. I
believe the art remains a 'truer' reflection of the subjective experience if it
is a reaction to the moment and the particular environment at the time of
Examples of my drawings of nudes can be seen in my slide-show portfolio here. Please contact me with
any enquiries regarding commissioning or purchasing my work. "People say I think too much about women, yet, after all what is there more important to think about?"
People are inherently interested in other people: who they
are, what stories they have to tell, what they think and feel, how they got to
be where they are, what they are good at and where their weaknesses lie... it is
no surprise then that portraying a person in a drawing, painting, sculpture or
any other media is a rewarding, popular and enjoyable enterprise.
I hope to be able to find a small group of people who I find
particularly inspiring and try to capture some of that I see in them in life on
canvas. While I would hope that the portraits bear a physical resemblance to the
subject I am also interested in an emotional resemblance, I want my pictures to
be of the person, not just the body, and to capture some of the 'feeling' of the
person. Much of my work to date has been of nude models and while I will
continue with this I also plan to do some more none-nude now as well.
"I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like
them. Not having a look of the sitter, being