I use pigment bound with gum arabic and honey on large format paper to create an immersive experience for the viewer with natural forms. I mix pigments intuitively, creating colours which I apply to unique pieces of handmade Japanese paper. These materials are a direct extension of the natural world. The paper holds light in a very subtle way and the particles of pigment have a luminous quality which compliments the paper.
I use handmade Japanese brushes which are both characterful and very gentle, allowing for specific expression without disrupting the delicate fibres of the paper.
I paint the pieces directly from life on the ground in one sitting without interruption, as a calligrapher would brush a text.
I stretch and iron the paper once the painting is complete and apply bookbinder's paste to a simple wooden batten for easy hanging that allows the full sheet of paper to be seen. The banners are rolled into sturdy, customised cardboard tubes for storage or posting.
Photography by www.Yeshen.uk