Figurative Paintings

Every time I start work on the figure I do it with great trepidation, and so I have tended to avoid making work based on the figure, apart from life drawing sessions. Somehow I manage to persuade myself that life drawing in those sessions is comparable to a musician's ‘scale practice.’ It's a tactic that seems to defuse that charge of anxiety that has the potential to stop me dead in my tracks, and prevent me doing any work.


And yet, at the same time I find myself compelled to rise to the challenge of painting the figure - in part, just to see if I can do it., but also because work based on the human figure is a very direct bridge to shared experiences and can, I believe, help us to transcend boundaries that holds us unhappily separate from one another.