Now that my two boys, Noah and Isaac, are growing older, I can kick-start my artistic journey which has recently become a lifestyle for me. I am constantly on the lookout for different compositions, sometimes whilst driving. I attend art workshops regularly and recently joined an En Plein Air group of artists encouraging me to extend my studio to the outdoors.
As an artist I observe mainly land and seascapes through moods, preserving them on canvas to express what, to me, is evocative of that particular place and time. It relates to the importance of making permanent these otherwise volatile emotions.
I work hard at developing these works, observing my environment closely to pick specific scenery that conveys such abstract feelings. My work is sensitive to composition, line, texture, colour and boldness of brush stroke, which come together to project the energy that I reflect and try to capture on canvas.
An art tutor by profession, I couple my academic background with daily practice, which is vital to achieve meaningful results. I have many interests and due to my curiosity I spread my work into various fields.
Currently working in oils, I find other media suited for specific moods. Invariably my work is executed quickly, accurately and confidently to capture as much of the energy as possible.
Most of my landscapes contain no life form, facilitating interpretation and further absorption of the painting’s mood. Form, tone, colour, line, texture, composition and subject all come together to help me achieve the final result. In the rare occasions where human form is present, it invites the viewer to delve deeper into the human experience whether it is solitude, pain, despair or happiness.
My paintings are visual voices of personal experiences, happy or otherwise but nonetheless worthy of translation onto canvas.
I have recently also started to take portrait commissions of both people and animals.
Appreciation by Dr. Charlene Vella