Jim's work focuses on a disciplined approach in the use of colour which, when combined with linear design principles, results in pictures that are stimulating, inviting and hypnotic. Each of the abstract, 12 colour-channel pictures is a ‘psychic map’.
Each work requires a build up of energy and stimulation which he usually achieves through lengthy meditation and planning. When the work begins Jim is unaware of the ‘time’ however it is constructed using a strict set of rules.
The painting or sculpture 'work' moves and flows until such time as the piece itself indicates that it is complete.
The rules of colour channelling are:
- All borders are unplanned and drawn simply to fit the page field
- The infill matrix lines are automatically drawn without conscious links to existing images however Jim tends to introduce tessellation effects including parallel tracks, check/brick pattern, squares and fish-scale
- Lines must make their own way without conscious bias, stopping at the intersection of another line
- Once the matrix lines are finished to the first colour filling stage, random spaces are completed using each of the 12 colours
- The second and final colour filling stage requires adjacent spaces to be continually monitored in order to avoid colour repetition
- Where space lines limit the use of the 12 colours, further lines are added creating a Mandelbrot or fractal-cell division effect
- The picture is complete when the time is right