In 1996 I spent a short break in the Cotswolds. Away from my studio there was an opportunity to develop a new series of paintings which I called Vestments. It was born out of a desire to express a part of myself, which, with the exclusion of my closest friends was hidden, my transvestism. This body of work has since sat in a plan chest waiting for its moment to be revealed.
With the forthcoming exhibition in October at the Menier Gallery http://www.meniergallery.co.uk/. which I will be sharing with Anita Ford http://www.anitaford-art.co.uk , I have the opportunity to display these previously unseen paintings and collages.
To augment the 1996 paintings I am currently working on larger canvases in mixed media. As a transvestite my first interest is in the garments, but I also seek to encompass the wider issues of dress. Aspects such as concealment, isolation, transformation, are some of the many ways in which garments can effect the substance and identity of a person.