My work is an historical and modern take on how we perceive light and darkness. Throughout art history there have been examples of the use of contrasting tonality to create a picture. Capturing the illuminating effects of light against the surrounding darkness has been a theme of religious and holy paintings. The excitement for my work comes from the period of Enlightenment and how we evolved to better understand the world we live in through the industrial scientific revolution.
My painting is influenced by Chiaroscuro, enabling the artist to create a scene from a limited light source such as a candle, a silhouette. This style creates a light-based art form bringing the real story and emotions to life. The pictures give intense darkness enabling great detail in the light. I feel the Romantic period captured the reality of life so well. The emphasis on extreme light and darkness has been my inspiration, I work on capturing light in hight realism, making quick paintings capturing light as I see it and feel it.
In these examples of my work, I am trying to capture what light and darkness means and invite the viewer to make the realisation that light cannot be taken for granted: with total darkness or intense light you are blinded. My realism painting is a way of unravelling and understanding why we are drawn to this dualistic phenomenon, while my abstract art attempts to lock down and capture light within my work as something new and unique to me. I feel that the artworks shown here depict light and darkness in the 21st century.