Wayne Attwood seeks to explore the emotional responses to human relationships, including the emotions that can be evoked by memory of relationships. He views these paintings as ‘ghosts of the memory of feeling’. Vagueness of memory or emotion is often why he eschews a literal or ‘realist’ approach, but leaves space for a vague or unresolved interpretation to express such motifs.
He uses various sources for each painting, ranging from old film photography to direct observation, to maintain the element of spontaneity and better capture a memory or an intimate response, as opposed to a face value depiction. The paintings are 'searched-out' by the progressive, (sometimes destructive) application of numerous interacting layers and marks, constantly moving the active paint layer around. Improvisation is fundamental to the process.