'Balmy Summer days'.
Oils on Gesso.
90 x 90 cms.
‘Balmy Summer days’.
Oils on Gesso.
90 x 90 cm.
I paint abstracts in oil on canvas, based on 'things seen': formerly still life, now mostly landscape, in which I aim to evoke time and place, using colour and light. I paint in thin layers, laying paint over paint to exploit its transparency, a technique of which Turner and Titian were both masters. My latest inspiration has come from vistits to the West coast of Scotland and the West Sussex coastline. I was awarded aresidency in Kerry Ireland in February 2019 at Cill Rialaig and the of the west coast of `Ireland is giving my most recent pieces a deeper sense of magic.
My formative influences included Georgio Morandi, Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still. Morandi is remembered for pointing out that "There is nothing more abstract than the visible world". I in my own way set out to make abstract compositions out of things I have seen, and been moved by: "A world observed and translated - a world created from the natural and the man-made: 'still life' a still life both drawn and felt, as one would admire and caress a well-loved jug, or wonder at the light on the water of the Thames on a calm spring morning" -
My paintings have developed over the years from abstracts based on still life to compositions woven from images taken from the natural world. My inspiration as always is from places and images that I have seen. The compositions are worked up from extensive drawing, of the landscape.The finished pieces range from almost totally abstract compositions evoking a sense of place to more easily recognisable landscape images: natural world modulated by time and season, disclosed by visual texture and colour.
Colour and light and drawing a very important to me.. Colour is used to evoke emotion, and gives a sense of time and place; light is used to create space and to mask and hide objects, creating a sense of mystery. Drawing is giving me a greater idea of place and giving a greater structure to my paintngs.
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