Using bold and conflicting colours, shapes and textures, I explore an obsession with finding “the calm within chaos”. I will often use strong colours to assault and yet calm the senses at the same time. I will also combine the opposing effects of texture with smooth luminosity — within the same space — until they find a shared and harmonious balance. There is an influence of cubism in my work as I am fascinated by how such perfect shapes as a square or rectangle can quickly become imperfect. “It is amazing how all you have to do is create the simplest rupture or distortion to these defined shapes and instantly you create an energy and an emotion that wasn’t there.” I want my work to be the “wow” in a room. Instant energy when you see it. But the more you look at it, the more you will see and a sense of calm will come over the viewer as they explore all the things they first didn’t see. Many of the works I have brought to the Artist Project this year will have the colours of Rainbows. As we exit the pandemic, I like to think that we have weathered the storm and now we get the reward: the rainbow! And every space should have that hope and I want my art to bring that joyful feeling.