My work explores the theme of hybridity, entangling the socio-political issues relating to genetic experimentation with animals and a world of sci-fi fantasy. Half and half species become alienated or classified as different to an accompanying herd of animals. Alongside my concerns around animal experimentation, I like to embrace and communicate aspects of the psychological mindset of these hybrid animals, relating them to ideas of social rejection and absence where being different can cause alienation in the animal and human world.
For me, painting is a form of self-expression, allowing me to be myself not just as an artist, but also as a person. It gives me a voice to convey current concerns about the behaviour of elements of the human race.
I have looked at and am influenced by a wide range of artists such as science fiction illustrators Wayne Barlowe, Roger Dean and Rodney Matthews, contemporary artists such as Charles Avery, John Stark, Kate Clark, Thomas Grunfeld and Richard Wathen.
Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Brueghel, and 20th Century surrealists Salvador Dali, Dorothea Tanning, Frida Kahlo and Rene Magritte also continue to inspire.