Where to Start !
My Approach to Painting
My paintings are predominantly landscapes influenced by the countryside around me. For me the starting point always comes from the immediate landscape and a desire to translate this onto paper as quickly as possible to capture the seasonal mood, and because if I'm honest, I'm also an impatient artist.
I enjoy the immediacy of working with watercolour and oil pastel, but in recent months I have been working much more in oils and enjoying the infinite possibilities of colour and texture that this brings.
I try to bring a sense of place to my paintings without being overly specific as my work is ‘representational’ or ‘semi abstract’ , my impression of the landscape around me.
Paintings have a physical starting point, but as a painting develops I become more concerned with exploring the contours, colours, shapes and textures that develop, rather than seeking to slavishly reproduce a scene.
For me colour and texture will always be the most important elements within my work whatever medium I am working with, and I will always try to push both elements to their limits in the creation of my finished piece.
“ It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau
“ There are painters who
transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art transform a yellow spot into the sun.”