Shan Shui is the title I’ve given to my latest series of paintings.
Shan Shui means “feeling from mountains and water”. I think my work has a similar experiential quality to Shan Shui art without being remotely derivative (I painted in this style for 20+ years before discovering ancient Chinese Art).
Even though 1000-year-old Chinese brush and ink landscapes are unrelated in form to my colourful, luminous abstracts, I believe they are related in spirit. There is a definite Taoist mind-set to my painting methodology: I am always following a feeling-flow. Shan Shui paintings induce meditative gazing and lead the eyes on an introspective journey, as do my works. Two common comments I receive about my paintings are that they look either like the ocean floor or the cosmos. Thus, perhaps I am borrowing elements from different aspects of nature and creating landscapes without the land.