OA: Which living artists do you most admire and why?
PT: Lydia Dona is the artist I am most fascinated by currently with her use of oil, acrylic and sign paint in her abstract style. She uses a calculated, controlled process of marking, as in a laboratory, and she usually juxtaposes it with other elements, like empty spaces, grids, machinery, biological models, cellular forms, or computer-chip diagrams.
OA: Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
PT: Agnes Martin is an artist who died in 2004. Her work incorporated the use of the grid in a simple way. I find her paintings mesmerising as they take you to another state of consciousness. To me they are meditative works.
OA: Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
PT: A few years ago I visited Madrid and went to see Guernica by Picasso. The rooms leading up to the final piece showed all the drawings and preparatory paintings that Picasso created. Then when I turned into the room where the complete painting is, it is breathtaking and a very moving experience. It had a huge impact on me.
OA: What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
PT: I get asked what my work is about and I answer that I became interested in Formalism and the use of the grid in paintings a while ago. This lead me to understand the spiritual connotations of the grid. I decided to make paintings which incorporate these concerns, and combine it with colour theory. Later, as I read more and researched more I became interested in the expanded field and this is when I started to experiment with the edges and the reverses of the paintings. Painting sections of the sides create a sort of illusion and when hung it is difficult to see where the paintings begin and start due to the white sections. The reverse sections reflect onto the walls and this creates an artificial aura around the pieces. This is why the works are named Aura.
OA: What / who inspired you to be an artist?
PT: I have always drawn and painted since I could hold a pencil. I can not imagine not being able to make a mark. That's why I paint.
OA: Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?
PT: Until recently most of my paintings have been made at university and home. Now that I am finished Uni, I am working from my studio at home where I can dip in and out as often as I like. It is a wonderful thing to have a space to go to whenever I want. The location is perfect as it is a rural location and I am surrounded by animals and nature which provide lots of inspiration.
OA: What do you like most about being an artist?
PT: About being an artist, the best thing is painting, the smell of the studio and the sense of coming home when I smell that smell. I know its time to get dirty and be creative.
OA: What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
PT: My greatest achievement so far is my 1st Class Honours in Fine Art Painting which I have just received as a late returner to education.
OA: What are your plans for the coming year?
PT: Next year I am planning to begin my Masters and to develop the work further. I feel exciting times are ahead.Visit Artist's Portfolio