"The Lead Painting series enables me to work with colour on a more formal basis, accepting and working with the characteristics of wall mounted flat planes.
The restricted format limits options, and one attempts to create a unified work in terms of colour and shape, and to arrive at an object that grows in the viewers imagination.
This painting is part of a series of lead paintings that use small oblong sections inscribed into lead, painted in enamels and repeated across the structure of the painting. The oblong motif originates from ribbon bars, the display form of medals seen in parades, upon which bands of colour signify acts of bravery or are merely milestones in a persons travels through events.
Here I have changed the context of the coloured bars and transmuted their graphic qualities into the structured patterns of the lead paintings. Stripped of some of their origin, the coloured sections are moved towards a more ambivalent arena".