Many of my paintings are about my exploration of the countryside and my interpretation of what I see. The subject often dictates the mood and intensity of the style, often sparked by an initial observation. The inspiration can often come from a seemingly mundane or common source. It can come from a much travelled track, a daily walk with the dog, when the sun bursts through trees and shifts the experience to a new dimension, an 'Oh' moment! This moment in time, the here and now, can be enjoyed in paint for a lifetime.
Many of my paintings include trees, they are inspiring. Their magnificence and stature in a rolling landscape change according to their seasonal colour. The bold shapes and bright tones of the Summer are replaced by the sensitive shades and hues of winter, they are the sentinels of our world and often the focus of our Golden sections.
The sea and rivers both have the ability to hold us in awe. They can be powerful or serene, deep and voluminous, The sea holds a power fed by the weather and the moon, always shifting, always changing. Rivers are the quiet unassuming power, always moving but often unnassumingly serene, wending their way through our history.
Trying to harness the inspirational British landscape in paint without caricaturing the image is a challenge. We all know what a wave looks like but how does it feel to paint the energy. How can we paint the heat of the day with balmy shadows or the squall of a storm as it races across the sky.
The paint on my canvas moves with the subject, thick and bold or transient washes, always moving, always discovering.
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