The following is a link to an online interview which was originally published some years ago and in which I was asked to express my views about my work and art in general:
Confronting an empty canvas is a decisive moment in the process of making a painting. Adrenaline starts to flow and a myriad of possibilities are taken into consideration before the actual build-up gains momentum.
Two months to go for the launching of my exhibition titled Red is the Colour. The new collection of works is now taking shape. Layers upon layers of paint are built with red being the dominant colour as it breathes thoroughly on the surface of each canvas.
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The idea of living and practising on the sister Island of Gozo may at first thought not be the best option for a Maltese artist who wants to make a decent living out of art. My artistic formation actually took place abroad and I still consider Italy, the country which adopted me for four years my second home. Having said this, my homeland has lured me to go back to my origins. Its scenery, the beauty of its renowned places which feature regularly in my landscape and seascape paintings were hard to resist. They were and will always remain my inspiration for my drawings and paintings on canvas.
A photo of a place or a drawing in-situ are just starting points that prompt a mental configuration of a painting. Having said this, a painting is never conceived mentally as a finished product. To be frank I start a painting with no clues about how it might eventually evolve. The process itself, which depends on a loose and spontaneous application of paint, is never straightforward. Each brushwork dictates the way to move forward. Preparatory drawings are kept schematic and details are synthesised. At some point I abandon any visual references and tend to rely more on my personal take on the subject in terms of composition, combinations of colours and layering of paint.
As it often happens I am presently committed to a number of commissioned works and art projects. Concurrently I am busy working on what should be my next exhibition which is scheduled for the month of December. I am enjoying this new collection as I am feeling free and confident to experiment with new modalities of work and a few stylistic modifications. Recently I came across a video featuring a past exhibition the link to which I am providing below. Looking back at past efforts is necessary to understand better the path we have taken and the work that defines us today.
The short video, which may be also viewed on my facebook page Maltese Landscape Paintings, is part of a feature taken from the popular TV programme Ghawdex Illum. All credit goes to programme producer Alvin Scicluna and art critic Joe Camilleri: