I am interested in the structure, order and classification of the natural world. I investigate the issues involved in classification as complexity is removed and individuality or character is lost. I look at why we feel the need to classify and create order, then at the issues that are involved in doing so.
In exploring the interpretation and use of signs and representational imagery, philosophies and ancient belief systems and the fields of cognitive science, I look at how we interpret images by using our senses, memories and past experiences and how this ultimately affects our perception of the subject. I investigate the Latin names given to all living things: understanding what the names mean, why they were given, who named them and how this impacts on both visual and written language.
My images take a more abstract view, as my aim is to reveal rather than replicate what is already there. Nature itself inspires me and has a spiritual effect – there is always something fascinating to see, something never noticed before and unexplored worlds to discover.
In art, I always find inspiration in minimalism, in the works of Turner and the Impressionist painters, in Japanese printmaking and in Chinese brush painting. In the work of contemporary artists I am inspired by the work of David Hockney, Michael Landy, Mark Dion and Cornelia Parker. In photography, my inspiration is from photographers such as Man Ray and Saul Leiter.
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.