Work in progress

These are the paintings currently on my easels in my studio. I work slowly, due to the technique I use: I start with an underpainting, then a few layers of oil paint, and after that I break the colour up into many layers of coloured dots. Occasionally a painting takes several years until I'm satisfied with them. Usually I work on two or three paintings at the same time.

  • Cosmos (Ekpyrosis), painting in progress, April 5th 2017

    Cosmos (Ekpyrosis), painting in progress, April 5th 2017

    I saw this little two-year old in a restaurant and immediately knew I had to paint her. Luckily her parents agreed to let her sit for me. Her beautiful flaming hair inspired me to use 'ekpyrosis' as a theme for the painting: the idea, in ancient Stoic philosophy, that the universe has a life cycle, periodically bursting into flame and beginning again.

  • Cosmos (Ekpyrosis), painting in progress, feb 16th 2017

    Cosmos (Ekpyrosis), painting in progress, feb 16th 2017

  • Cosmos (Ekpyrosis), painting in progress, detail, feb 18th 2017

    Cosmos (Ekpyrosis), painting in progress, detail, feb 18th 2017

    Today I'm working on the plasticity of the face, by breaking up the colour in the shadows.

  • Cosmos (Ekpyrosis), painting in progress, September 25th 2016

    Cosmos (Ekpyrosis), painting in progress, September 25th 2016

  • Collateral Damage, different stages

    Collateral Damage, different stages

    This painting is nearly finished (Feb. 2017). It started as a simple sketch of a bawling child, but took on a new meaning for me with the situation of the refugees trying to get to safety in rickety boats with their children. The portrait is fictional; for inspiration I used 9 different faces.
    Different stages of development: sketch (2014), early version of the oil painting (2015), and the final version (2017).

  • A corner of my studio, with some finished and unfinished work

    A corner of my studio, with some finished and unfinished work

    Year
    2014