My work is inspired by an emotional response to the
natural world, particularly the wild and watery places
of the West Country. The pictures seem to be about
the memory of these encounters, the feeling and
atmosphere, the quality of the light, the fleeting
nature of things, the spirit of the place. They are
similar, perhaps, to what Wordsworth called 'Spots of Time'.
But it is almost impossible to be a landscape painter without
being aware of the great body of tradition underlying it.
On reflection, my work seems to spring from Turner's later,
most abstracted works, Constable's more private water colour
sketches, and elements of Impressionist and Expressive
ideas on Landscape.
So lucky to live in rural Devon and also having a foothold
in West Penwith in CornwalI, I work both inside and out,
often just walking, but sketching too, and taking notes
and photos to use as reminders back in the studio.
Current work is in soft pastel, partly because I like
to work quickly, and also it is easy to transport.
I tend, once I've started, to follow intuitively what
the marks seem to dictate, rubbing, scratching,
scumbling etc. to explore the possibilities of the medium.
Picasso once wrote:
"Painting is not an aesthetic operation;
it is a form of magic designed as a mediation between this
strange and hostile world and us; a way of seizing the
power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires.
When I came to that realisation, I knew I had found my way."
I am not sure that I have yet found my way, but maybe that is what keeps me going.
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