In this age of uncertainty, the role of the artist in society is critical
Most of my current work is a stream-of-consciousness response to what’s happening around us. I feel I have no choice but to make art. Populism is not fascism, but it’s a harbinger. We have a president who, to quote Philip Roth, is “ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency”.
My aim as an artist is to capture these times and my response to them.
But all is not bleak – it is still great to be alive. Beyond putting paint to canvas, I also love being with my family, kitesurfing big Pacific waves, riding bikes up mountains, being in California, making fires, playing with words, exploring the Kalahari, current affairs and a good anecdote.
I hope all this is reflected in my work.