Artist Statement Submitted 2014I was raised and educated in England. A short trip to Alabama, directly after leaving art school in London, somehow turned into twenty-five years of documenting the American South. My current work explores violence- rather, the acceptance of violence- through the ’;culture of honor’ that persists so strongly in this region. This ongoing project of large-scale narrative paintings connects old Appalachian murder ballads to the contemporary South- music I grew up listening to (my dad was an enthusiast), and that has always been a tie between my Celtic ancestry and my new home in America.
This work has been shown accompanied by musical performances from the rich source of traditional ballads to be found in Madison County, NC.
It draws stylistically from two main sources: cinematic composition and Expressionist painting. What happens next, I don’t know. I wouldn’t paint if I wasn’t going to surprise myself.