My formal art training is almost entirely within the field of drawing, wherein I’ve taken instruction from a number of teachers in and out of university. I always go back to drawing, in design, in my day, on holiday. Drawing is the cornerstone of my theatre work and I believe it is a medium that is not given the credit it deserves for creating finished works within the visual art world. I love drawing and watercolours for the energy they carry in their strokes in a way that the studied oil painting cannot. I was lucky enough to study calligraphy and woodblock printing briefly with Japanese Living Treasure Shozo Sato, and have been very influenced by the Zen ideals of calligraphy in which the body’s energy is made directly visible in the ink and strokes on the page.
I wish to create works that maintain the energy of the physical creative act, that pass on not just an image, but also a glowing trace of the moment in which the image was created. I’m very interested in developing my artistic practice outside of the theatre, and building on my largely self-taught watercolour techniques by making a great deal more work.