I was born in 1987 in Northern Ireland, where I live and work. I am currently undertaking a degree in Fine Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast. I create artworks through an expansive range of media such as painting, drawing, digital, mixed media and, most recently, photography. In my artwork, I use strong visual effects and dramatic lighting to attract the viewer’s attention. I am also interested in conveying activities, telling stories, asking questions and expressing ideas within the work.
I strive to create imaginative work with innovative ideas, interesting visuals and experimental techniques. My influences range from the theatrical depictions of the physical and emotional human state in Caravaggio’s paintings and the surreal dreamlike settings conjured up by Salvador Dali, to highly acclaimed photographers of this era such as Gregory Crewdson, known for his elaborately stage scenes of American neighbourhoods, and David LaChapelle, famous for his hyper-realistic photographs with strong social messages. Having said that, my greatest source of inspiration comes from everything I see, feel and experience throughout my life.
In my current practice, I am using modern digital techniques in photography to show how the people, the environment and the activity of the city changes from day to night. I’ve challenged the general perception of a photograph representing one moment in time by creating complex scenes of ambiguous, colourful narratives within one static image. Even though the photographs are still, they have a transcending sense of time and movement. I combine that quality with a creative use of light and layering of multiple images to show the beauty and mystery of everyday life that goes unnoticed during your daily grind.
My philosophy of art:
"An artwork is one person's perspective, an expression of emotion, which feeds the senses and generates an emotional response from the viewer. Through our own interpretations, opinions and feelings, we form a unique connection with the artwork. I believe 'good' art should possess these qualities, and the art I intend to create is no different."