The Astronomer's Wife

2013 | Acrylic on Canvas | 100 cm x 100 cm

"I want enlightenment and I want it now!"

It marked the moment in my life that I made the decision to try and see myself through the eyes of my wife. My chance to express her love and doubt through art. My perception of her perception.  When I started the painstaking process of producing this work I felt a sense of urgency. "I want enlightenment and I want it now!".  It was the astronomer in me that needed space and time. The soul who sits quietly for hours on end gazing at the start to try and understand its place in the Universe by simplifying it. I chose triangles as a way of reducing my feelings into tangible geometry. Also a tribute to a hero in my life, the Greek philosopher Pythagoras.

After working in a capitalist rat race almost non-stop every waking hour for 20 years, balance did not come easily.  The painstaking process of painting each and every triangle gave me the space to slow down.