My artwork is influenced and inspired by the magnificence and splendor of the natural environment. I seek to stimulate my emotions through the passion I feel when I am immersed in nature; whether by the beauty of a single flower, or by a panoramic wild coastline scene. I am intrigued by the fleeting balance between strength and fragility in nature and I seek to create feelings of tranquility and balance in my works.
My art phase began when I discovered a true passion for painting on wood, and creating a harmonious blend between wood, shape, texture and colour. In my belief, wood retains the spirit of the living tree and I just try to honour it.
Wood is an excellent medium. It’s strong, light and flexible. You can shape it, carve it, colour it. Design of each art piece is blending form and aesthetic. A form is most important, and wood species and richness of grain patterns are chosen to enhance it. Starting with a mental image of the shape and color and rough sketch, the magic begins.
Every piece of wood in my sculptures has been shaped and fitted to a specifically designated position – countless bits of wood assembled into enigmatic, loosely geometric compositions. The creative process involves building up layers of paint then tearing them down. The hidden layers are revealed through sanding or scrubbing. It’s so similar to our life, what we don’t see still matters. We all have layers that are not visible and I find discovering the depth of these layers the most interesting in people and paintings.
Much of my inspiration comes from the wood itself. Collecting wood simply for its natural beauty is the start of many of my works. Using wood that has been recycled gives me the most pleasure. I appreciate the ability to transform a row resource into a timeless piece of art.