Music Music and Painting have shared an unrivaled importance in my life, but it is only in recent years that I have strived to bring them together. In addition, on three occasions, I have been fortunate in being chosen as the festival artist at the York Early Music Festival. This has allowed me to develop my approach to a seemingly impossible task.
It is relatively easy to incorporate a generalized impression of music within a painting but my interest lies in portraying specific pieces, and musical ideas. Looking for example at structural parallels and the possibility of tonal and coloristic interpretation. In the case of the simple but exquisite plainsong anthems I have frequently used the letters and the words of the lyrics to be carried or suspended as visual motifs
These may appear to be abstract paintings but they are derived from pieces of music just as carefully as one would work from a visual subject. I have in the past worked entirely within the painting but in this case I am discovering a new kind of figuration, one that is based on sound to vision.
Concerto Grosso - acrylic on Canvas 2 x 152 x 122cm
AC Stabat mater 1 - watercolour 41.5 x 66cm
Stabat mater AC 1 - acrylic and oil on board 61 x 71cm
Stabat mater AC 2 - acrylic and collage on board 61 x 71cm