I have come to understand over the years, whilst growing stronger in my Christian faith, that the arts (and for me the visual arts in particular) are inspired by, and have an aesthetic and spiritual connection with, the Divine. In the eye of the beholder, works of art can reflect the beauty and wonder of God.
Pope John Paul II spoke of the intersection of art and religion in his Letter to Artists (1999), highlighting the importance to the artist of form, colour and design, sensing in them “some echo of the mystery of creation”. There are times when works of art produce glimpses of a creative spirit which has its origin in a transcendent creator. My aim is to produce artwork that can generate such glimpses, leaving the viewer with some sense of surprise and wonder.
Most recently, I am taking my inspiration from the renaissance period (Christian paintings, frescoes, altar panels). To me they have a transcendent, timeless quality and illuminate certain aspects of faith—beauty, humanity, mystery, light—that are communicated in a unique way through the visual art form. My current work comes out of a merging of styles and techniques from the renaissance and contemporary landscapes and portraiture.
My works mainly comprise figurative/ landscape paintings and drawings, in a range of media - oils, watercolour, and now more frequently digital media. Currently I am focussing on Christian art work for Christian educational and church settings, including Greeting Card designs for Christmas, Easter and Sacramental occasions.