"The journey home had been a long one. As a passenger, the warm afternoon sun and the drone of motorway driving had made me sleepy. We exited onto leafy lanes, and as we came over the brow of the hill, 10 minutes away from home, the light flickered through the gaps in the avenue of trees, and I basked in its green glow."
The painting evolves quickly from thin, layered washes of oil paint on primed canvas, allowing the pigments, solvent and gravity to help with the mixing process on the surface of the work. Making decisions about whether to intervene is key. I let passages of moving paint remain, or wipe other areas off with rags, angling the canvas so the runs move or halt—letting them do their thing.
As these layers start to settle and dry, I go in with more intense paint, dribble pure solvent over them to break up a mass, or ‘draw’ lines to create angular contrast with the more organic flow of the washed areas. I want the shapes I describe to be something both intangible yet instantly recognisable—solid objects, the space in between them, or an atmosphere created by light, shade and colour.
Painting Dimensions (H x W x D): 61.0cm x 91.4cm x 3.8cm (24" x 36" x 1.5")
Framed Dimensions (H x W x D): 65cm x 95cm x 5.5cm (25.5" x 37.5" x 2.25")
This artwork is finished with a low-sheen varnish for protection and framed in a simple contemporary black-painted wooden tray frame.