Summer Rainstorm Looking East, 2020
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29 x 38cm
Watercolour on Saunders Waterford Cotton Rag, 2020
(46.1 x 54cm Framed)
"This happened about 5 minutes before I got drenched in a summer storm out walking earlier this year! The view was so dramatic with the tension of the encroaching storm slowly blocking out the bright sunshine, it was perfect for capturing in a painting"
This artwork is mounted with a neutral-white conservation mountboard and framed in a slim contemporary black-painted wooden frame.
My current work explores spaces, landscapes and structures—man-made or organic, and the interplay of one against and within the other.
How man has stamped his boots on the earth, built monumental engineering and architecture, created environments, and populated landscapes, later discarding those creations and moving on when use has been fulfilled.
The story of those left-behind places is frequently an interesting one—whether it's a story of decay and return to the earth, or one of life breathed back and a renewed purpose given.
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.
I luxuriate in the painting process—there’s something joyous in the ritual of choosing, mixing and applying paint to surface, using different tools and layering-up consistencies/textures to suggest something intangible and yet recognisable to the viewer.