Love Poem

Beyond watching eyes

With sweet and tender kisses

Our souls reached out to each other

In breathless wonder

And when I awoke

From a vast and smiling peace

I found you bathed in morning light

Quietly studying

All the messages on my phone

– Banksy


Today is the day!

Happy 67th Birthday to the most awesome king!

A source of inspiration for Bruneian students everywhere-His Majesty receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Law from King’s College London in April 2011.

Repeat showing of our ceremony –

Degree Show 2013

I’ve been documenting my state of mind since the beginning of the year. Every part of my days is different, sometimes even in a small ways and without being morose. I feel it’s important to contemplate these changes. Even the mundane view I face every morning has new meaning and painting allow my subconscious to absorb and integrate that significant. It then led me on a quest to share a secret as expressed in an artwork that led me to a strange conclusion: I am the secret! I am other people’s secret, not, the least which are the birth mother who put me up for adoption. I don’t doubt that to this day, decades later, I am still their secret. This paintings took on more and more meaning as I worked at it. There were so many different levels, surfaces and other nuances that perfectly reflected the fact that I am a secret in so many levels and in such a wide variety of shades. Intuitively, when I just ‘play’ and see what happens, the result is a journey and it’s much more fun.

Prep for Degree Show


Series of paintings as a record of everyday life.

– Interactions between the artist and viewers

– Translations

– Manifest as awkward spatial relationships

– Uncomfortable colour pairings and unusual patterns

– Make an idea for themselves upon repeated viewing

– Possibly as a form of therapeutic healing

– Artist’s own imagination / Abstract qualities / All important repertoire of motifs

– Motifs: devices that enables viewers to concentrate and gives attention not only to the surface of the painting but also the motifs that acts like devices; particular mood of each work

– The balance between foreground and background

– Visual journaling / Life experiences / Feelings / Emotional reactions / Artist’s inner worlds

– Articulating connections between my own personal art-making experiences and the work of the Master and Contemporary artists

– Reflective thinking

Painting a series of similar or related paintings:

– Does not mean I’ve run out of ideas or only have one

– A way of pursuing an idea of pushing it to see how far it will go

– Trying out variations to see where I’ll end up

– One painting leads to another and to another

– Elements that I like (Portraiture / Anatomy etc.) that I would rework on the painting

– Blending colours rather than having them such distinctive bands

– Vertical to horizontal arrangements as to represent how I move my point of view from further away

– Declared finish paintings although it is not ‘right’ in my eyes

– More abstract painting of it will make you (the viewer) ¬†feel as if you had stepped up close to ‘me’, my life journey in one of the other paintings

– Overlapping and make the dominant colours reversed, to show the significant change between one painting and the others

– Positioning the series as a group than individually will work better