Artist’s Statement 1988
Increasingly I became aware that my paintings had no bearing on the darker aspects of my life which threatened to overwhelm me. I turned to the psychology of art to see if this could throw any light on the problem. Before long I came across the idea of art as a form of exorcism and the theory that the cave paintings of early man were painted to gain control over the animals portrayed. From this, albeit hypothetical ground, I saw that painting about my inner upheavals was perhaps to gain some measure of control over them.
Additionally I was drawn to the art work of psychotic patients. Those illustrations which I could find seemed to me to have a power to move far beyond that expected of the patient as artist. Here I saw art stripped of all esoteric and conceptual pretensions. I gladly adopted this approach which seemed more vital than any current “Ism”. I found myself on an interior journey in which landscape and subject were subsumed to inner vision. This lead to the large bondaged heads which, I hope, stand as an image of schizophrenia.
Not all my work is directly concerned with my illness but tends towards a reconciliation to life. Dreams provide a rich source of material offering a gateway into a whole world of ideas and images denied to the conscious mind. They work as a form of condensed visual poetry from which I select and make visible those which best describe universal experiences.
Artist’s Statement 1991