Life’s a Gas
Sometimes a person can lose their sense of self and tune into the cosmic perspective; this idea gave rise to the title: Life’s a Gas. This painting was a response to my environment, which was hugely affected by the weather. It was the hot summer of 2018 and the Isle of Wight felt transformed into a tropical island. I took myself and my senses out and about; collecting impressions of being by the sea. Mostly around the coast, hanging out in some of the little bays and spending time walking, swimming and painting.
I often listen to music while I create and one album which was on my headphones during the production of this artwork was T Rex’s Electric Warrior, from 1971. In particular, for this painting, the track Life’s a Gas, the whole feeling of that song of being relaxed, feeling fresh, cosmic and free. The washes of colour, layering, gestural marks and composition are a result of these experiences in nature.