"I find inspiration
from the figure, the energy of movement and character of expression
which they can portray. Sculptural form has always fascinated me.
I find the human body particularly challenging and engaging. We
are capable of such a diverse range of shapes, stances, gestures
and expressions. One reason for my focus is the emotive nature of
people; the empathy that arises and can be conveyed. Exploring this
with models whom I know well allows development both of their true
character/ personality and also any distortion of this that I may
superimpose. Sonia, a nine -year old girl, is the inspiration behind
this painting, which originated from the expressive face, glowing
with brilliant orange light. The paint quality of this area (sparse
and lean) lends to the vibrancy. The outstretched arm was added
to increase the dynamics and to enhance the sense of movement that
I was seeking"