My practise has for a while examined the question of originality in art which involves looking through countless books, magazines and at internet images to find an artwork that I use as a starting point to create a work of my own. My oil paintings and drawings regularly recreate parts of historical paintings often omitting or adding random figures or parts of landscapes/backgrounds or sky to create my own original piece. By doing this I re-examine the narrative within an artwork questioning how an artwork can be read and how its original meaning has changed into something different from that of its original. In addition to looking at images of Landscapes through various media I also paint areas local to where I live, whilst out walking I will take numerous photos and sketches and from this I will produce my own compositions and artworks. By producing my artworks this way I gain a greater understanding of the natural Landscape and my role within it questioning how I interact with it and how as humans we can impact upon it.
The current series of drawings and paintings on plaster are an extension of my investigation into the re-examination of the narratives within historical artworks but through the use of modern industrial materials they reference established artistic techniques such as frescoes and etching whilst still paying close attention to the cultural heritage of landscape painting/drawing. This contrast between modern and historical materials, techniques and subject matter have produced a unique style and aesthetic that pays homage to the Masters of the past whilst being less ostentatious in appearance. Referencing themes such as industrialisation of the landscape and the environment and the influence of mass reproduction these current artworks are experimental and innovative challenging the role of landscape art whilst also tackling classic art practise such as scale, perspective, colour and line.