I am not a professional artist, but I paint at night and on weekends. I began to paint because I like to imitate the objects I find in nature and to meditate on the truths of religion, but also simply because it pleases me to bring areas of color into harmony. For me, then, painting is first of all a way of celebrating and appropriating the world; this then gives me the material I need to produce works that are beautiful in their own right, as paintings.
I paint exclusively in watercolor and gouache, on hot-pressed watercolor paper or Claybord. I also do pencil drawings. My pictures these days are usually of (Catholic) religious subjects or insects. I take my chief inspiration from prints, drawings, and children's book illustrations. I would say that I am most influenced by Gothic painting, Durer's engravings and watercolors, William Blake's paintings and illustrations to Job, Samuel Palmer's Shoreham works, Japanese block prints, and Henri Rousseau's paintings. I have long cherished a desire to do a series of Bible illustrations, but these will have to be drawings, as I paint extremely slowly!
Entombment, 5" x 7", watercolor on kaolin clay ground, 2008 (inspired by meditations on Holy Saturday)
I have been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, an autistic disorder, and I believe that this affects the way I paint in a number of ways. My pictures sometimes have a way of disintegrating into a mass of independent parts. I also get bogged down in meticulously rendering repetitive details (hairs, blades of grass, pebbles, &c). These are tendencies I am trying to work with.
I have been looking at this blog for some time now, and I am excited finally to be a part of it. I look forward to posting my pictures from time to time, to see what other people might think of them.
Mary, Mother of the Church, 10" x 14", watercolor and gouache on hot-pressed paper, 2006