I make portrait art, using traditional drawing and paint based media.
Much of my work is conceptual. It is Highly illustrative and quite figurative. My pieces are influenced by a strong interest in science fiction, fantasy and horror. I take inspiration from gothic literature, film, comics, music, and also form various other sub-culture genres. A lifelong study of fictional genres has developed within me a desire to create fantastical images of otherworldly beauty.
The creation of my work involves the use of a portrait as a central structure. I use various other visual tools as devices to convey a particular idea, landscapes, animals, architecture, plant forms and skulls etc. All visual elements I take from life and photography, I feel that this makes for a degree of believability. The portraits are also referenced from fashion photography and life.
My work is quite technical in approach, working quite figuratively requires a good level of draftsmanship, proportional accuracy and attention to line/tone quality and precision. My process is structured, i like to build the image gradually using simplified shapes and then gradually building layers of increasing complexity and detail, until eventually a refined version of my idea emerges. This process also allows me to change or add other elements as the image grows.