I’m used to seeking inspiration for my art from grand, sweeping landscapes and details scenes, but with a new series of works in the pipeline, I’m going to change the way I look at things, focusing on the details and analysing anatomy and the senses with a new purpose.
Because when we stop to think about it, what is it that really makes a species unique? Not its base anatomy surely; most vertebrates are made up of a head, body, limbs, an obvious front end and back end. Most have eyes and other sensory organs, most have a mouth. But the way that each species has evolved has provided a pretty stunning collection of differences, ones that are often overlooked. Perhaps we overlook the elephant’s incredible sound-detector feet because we are distracted by the iconic trunk and ivory pricetags.
Photo by Matt Nelson
These new paintings will focus on the small and seemingly insignificant, almost abstract qualities, but each with its own unique story to tell.