Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend on Sea.
It has been my lifetime fascination with the sea and tidal flow along with my passion as an artist, that has fuelled my longing to produce an exhibition centred around this natural phenomena which is ‘The Tide’. I have spent my life living, working, playing on the water/ but I have studied it in more depth over the past year to produce a series of works that both reflect and show the impact that the tide has had on all aspects of my life.
A unique, twice daily body of water that creeps across the mudflats, leaving marks on the shoreline and ever changing seascape. Each tide reflecting/mirroring the sky and by this, creating subtle colour changes in the water. The tide, a force that we can only harness, a force to be worked with and respected, a tide that has been religiously ebbing and flowing for thousands of years.
I still get a sense of excitement seeing the tide come in, as I am sure many other people do; from the fishermen waiting to go to work in their trawlers to the holiday makers itching to take a paddle or a swim I the murky muddy water, the incoming tide is a blessing. For the bait diggers, feeding birds and seals to take a welcome rest on the mudflats, the receding tide is essential too.
My paintings concentrate on these different stages of the tide, focusing on the intricate patters that each movement creates, how the tide is continuously working out the quickest way to flood in and rush out. The focal points in my works being a singular object on the horizon; a lone marker buoy marking a safe passage for seamen, but which I translate as not only a symbol of the need for direction on our lives, but also to represent the expanse and loneliness of the seascape, something I see as a positive, a chance to escape and sense a feeling of release.