Early Work

 

My Arts degree course (1976-1980) was an initial period of passion for rock formations. The raw exposed Portland; as far as the eye can see endless layers and levels of rock - 'marks of time'.


A fascination became a fixation and a compulsion. Our hut on Chesil framed many views, above and below. While constant walks around the island enabled me to 'feel' the surface qualities.


I would draw extensively, take rubbings and black and white photographs, which would lead to personal responses. Cross-sectional analysis featured heavily in my textured paintings. Pourings of diluted oil paint would be lifted with newspaper, revealing a wealth of pattern qualities. Use of the palette knife would then bring back the structural analysis of the rocks.


The painted surface with its marble dust application cried out for touch, inviting personal engagement with the work.