About the Book
Each work represents a part of my existential journey, capturing a microcosm of the environment with a sense of detail often missing in the fast pace of contemporary life. The subject matter in this series is both the suburban environment and glimpses of my recent travels. My process involves taking photographs, editing and cropping them in Photoshop to create a suitable composition.
These mixed media images are developed using a layering process starting with acrylic glazes and photographic collage. A limited palette of three colours and white is used to achieve subtle combinations of tones and cohesion between the paintings.
Starting with an imprimatur, I copy each photograph in acrylics onto the board and then cut up the photograph and collage sections into the painting. This process allows me to create a sense of depth and ambiguity as the viewer is intrigued by the combination of painting and photography in the same image.
All paintings are acrylic and collage on MDF board18.5x12.5cms.
My passion for pictures began as a child watching my father in his darkroom. I was mesmerised as images magically appeared onto printing papers submerged in trays of liquid chemicals. When I studied medicine I had no time to indulge this passion. Advances in my specialty of anaesthesia are driven by new technologies similar to photography's which have rekindled in me a fire for photography. Combining a love of travel with looking through the lens, I find myself transported into a wonderful world of creativity. I’ve been fortunate to learn from some renowned travel photographers. Nevada Wier taught me to wait for the defining moment. Seeing the light, finding patterns and colour are central to my style. Many years in medical practice taught me valuable communication skills. When photographing people, it's this skill that establishes the trust and connection essential to capture the uniqueness of each individual.