Pyrography Portfolio

The theme of memory flows throughout my work and underpins the creative process. With a heavy focus on drawing and an interest in line on surface, I use a tool similar to a soldering iron to burn drawings freehand into the paint, leaving a textured line similar to that of an etching. At once both destructive, yet creative, the burning process conveys a sense of permanence: a scarring effect that can be seen as a metaphor for memory. The resulting burnt lines have a texture that eludes the viewer’s gaze. 

Ornamental Feelings (Detail)
Ornamental Feelings (Detail)

90cmx 120cm Burnt Mark on Canvas.(Fern) Available 90 x 120 cm

Feather (2007)
Feather (2007)

90 x 120 cm Burnt Mark on Canvas (Not Available)

Existence Without Duration
Existence Without Duration

(Detail) 45cm x 60cm Burnt Mark on Canvas

Nevermore
Nevermore

Burnt Mark on Canvas (Sold)

Standing Still
Standing Still

45cmx 60cm Burnt Mark on Painted Canvas Available

Morai's Muse (Triptych)
Morai's Muse (Triptych)

90x 120cm (each) Burn Mark on Canvas (not availble)

Morai's Muse (Hawk Moth)
Morai's Muse (Hawk Moth)

90cm x 120cm Burnt mark on canvas (Not available)

Meues Prosapia Nemus
Meues Prosapia Nemus

(Detail) 90cm x 120cm Burnt Mark on Canvas Ginko Leaf (Sold)

Invisible Decoration (detail)
Invisible Decoration (detail)

45cmx 60cm Burnt Mark on Canvas (maidenhair fern) Available

What is Not There
What is Not There

20x 30cm Burnt Mark on Canvas (available)

Existing Beautifully (Detail)
Existing Beautifully (Detail)

90cm x120xm Burnt Mark on Painted Canvas (Peacock feather)

Faded Memories
Faded Memories

45x 60 cm Burnt Mark on Canvas

The Delicate Remains
The Delicate Remains

45cm x 60 cm Burnt Mark on Canvas (Available)

The Delicate Remains
The Delicate Remains

Detail 45cm x 60 cm Burnt Mark on Canvas

Pattern of Existence
Pattern of Existence

60cm x 90 cm Burnt Mark on Canvas (Sold)

Pyrography

Everything is evolving from, or into, nothingness.

The way the lines are melted into the paint gives the drawing a sculptural effect, allowing the image to come in and out of visibility as the viewer moves past and as light conditions change. This elusive quality rewards the patient and perceptive viewer.

My work aims to capture a sense of place or a moment in time and, in turn, convey the intensity of contemplation. I often draw from memory, photographs and found objects and have been very much influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi. In keeping with its central principles, my drawings try to convey the notion that everything is evolving into, or from, nothingness.