I am a process painter; using the shapes and contours of the watercolour paint to dictate the image I construct and deconstruct by using black ink to create silhouettes, bringing to life A whole new painting. Playing with the fundamentals and the grammar of painting to create abstract backgrounds that are best described as an experiment with the fundamental process of painting. Grounded by the representational image of the silhouette, creating paintings that are rich in colour.
The reasoning behind using silhouettes is the fact that there is no detail to the image, your mind and creativity fill in the lack of detail. A silhouette of a person is much more than the outline of a person. They could be deep in thought, sad, happy, or just watching the birds fly in the sky, the possibilities are endless. When it comes to silhouettes you can create your own theories or emotions behind each illustration, making them have a special meaning to you. Of course, the next person who views the same image will create their own scenario behind it in their mind, creating a different story from the previous person.
The abstract watercolour background will have an impact on the viewer as well, the act of seeing something comes before the process of reacting to it. Some people are unable to see colours, and other people see colour differently from the majority, but physiologically speaking, our eyes all work in the same way. Once light enters the eye through the lens, it is then captured by the retina. Where things differ and can elicit a range of interpretations in each person, is how the brain interprets this stimulus. Once our eyes have allowed us to experience a colour, it is everything else about ourselves that determines the meaning and emotions we attach to it.