Art Making

Abstraction is natural and enjoyed by our playful brain. My paintings explore that playfulness, by creating images that are designed to engage the viewer’s attention.

Acrylic on heavy paper, ~50 x ~70 cm

repurposing history 1; acrylic on heavy paper, ~50 x ~70 cm

Art is a conversation between minds, full of elusive, perhaps transient meaning, but always aware that the success or not of art is in the extent to which it engages the viewer with a reaction of some sort.

I have worked in many media, all abstract, including art photography, large-scale tapestry, sumi-e and painting. I draw on artists and thinkers influential in charting direction in abstract art and our understanding of cognition (including neuro-aesthetics) and how we see and understand the world.

In the spirit of Einstein’s maxim that explanations should be as simple as possible and not simpler, I work to create art that is simple and no simpler.

“Repurposing History 1” (shown) illustrates the exploration of mediaeval art forms through an abstract lens; this interests me very much, partly for the colours/pigments available at the time, and partly the origins of abstraction. It all did not begin recently, but the cognitivity of creation has been a question for human minds since the cave paintings.

I am a member of S2A, hosted in Paris, and who explore geometric ideas in their work. S2A features some very interesting work for an international community.

I am listed on the Abstract Artist Directory, which is a comprehensive guide to Abstract art online, and which enables you to locate artists, galleries, blogs and online communities.

 I have been an elected member of Ashford Visual Artists, based in Ashford, Kent. This is a lively professional artistic community with excellent artists working in a variety of media.

From time to time, I publish in the art press; for a while, I was writing short comment items for Art of England magazine, which has now ceased publication.

In my other work, I am a specialist in decision making and reasoning, with a focus on healthcare, biotechnology and public policy and in the context of the patient’s experience of care.

This site has examples of my art, organised into thematic galleries with art commentary in the Blog. Works are for sale. Commissions are taken should that be of interest. The mindLAB may offer opportunities for personal learning and creative growth. Please feel free to enquire.