Why pictures?


Images give a different narrative from the written word, but certainly speak to us. Quite loudly. Word and image go together in my mind anyway.

In the seventeenth century the looks of a person, of a building, of a ceremony were communication. Art practice then was circumscribed by religious, aristocratic and royal culture. In that world a high degree of refinement was valued.

Our museums and other collections are filled with wonderful paintings, drawings, prints hundreds of years old. Although we think in different ways we often listen to these voices. Of course they left a mark.


On this page I have put some of my sketches. Perhaps it is modern to embrace the work in progress rather than final polish. We are used to a starting point, we like development.

My drawings start with observation - slowing down and absorbing. Everywhere in the world you find pattern and abstract dynamics - relationship. That could be the crossover with my work on history, where I am always looking for connections and echoes.

Drawing on the Past