Like a great deal of my work over several years, these pieces are a direct result of my ongoing interest in Japanese design. This interest started while I was studying painting and ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art.
It should be emphasised that my work encapsulates a “Japan of the mind”, and aesthetic sympathy towards an oriental culture very different from our own, and which, in the 21st century, surely does not exist in Japan itself…
The principles inherent in Japanese design which attract me are simplicity of form, composition and balance . In this series of around a dozen works, my aim is to create a sense of calm and order – as is the case in my more colourful oil paintings. These two pieces are still life compositions using exactly the same idea, using ceramics,, fabrics and natural forms as subject matter instead of figures , interiors or landscape.
I have created them using drawings, gouache paintings, coloured ink, handmade paper etc., with a deliberate restriction in palette.
Almost all of my work has the same intention, to create an idea of contemplation and stillness – qualities often missing in the exterior world of noise and confusion…..