Being determined not to copy the styles and techniques of others and to develop something of my own style, I have been experimenting with different media. The use of flat colour to generate an image is one that has been long used, but I am exploring how the idea can be used. Whether an image is broken down into a few tones of one colour or into a limited palette, the generated image conveys an impression of the subject - the brain fills in any gaps to generate a recognisable picture.
I started with acrylic paint on canvas, sometimes working with just two tones, but at others, working with four or five.
To develop the flat colour principle I have also used mountcard (as used in picture framing) as it is a wonderful medium for producing areas of flat colour, as is coloured film – both have been used to create original pieces. Some more recent pieces have seen the mountboard used to create geometric designs. The use of mdf in some of my pieces is not perhaps an obvious choice in the art world, but being able to cut shapes out of a sheet of mdf and then painting it, has enabled me to create some different takes on familiar subjects.
Using flat glass to construct sculptural forms is another challenging direction I am currently exploring. The pieces shown here were developments of ideas generated by my geometric card designs.