Ideas around climatic effects on the landscape are one facet to my paintings, whilst other more abstract concepts explore an emotive response to the landscape by reminiscing or suggesting a ‘sense’ of place, an atmosphere or a feeling, rather than depicting a particular scene.
My paintings are multi-layered, being as much about the medium of paint and the process of painting, as well as an interpretation of the landscape.
Preferring to work on large canvases I paint in a layering process. I start by creating a ground with thinned-out washes of oil paint, creating drips and splashes along the way. I work on a number of canvases at the same time, each one feeding the next. With thicker more opaque paint I paint out certain areas, or enhance others, constantly editing, until a composition begins to emerge. I use brushes, rags, my fingers or palettes knives to create soft layers that result in an illusion of texture. These built-up layers eventually develop into an abstracted view of the landscape. The more you look at them, the more entities you see, resulting in a different take on it each time.
Titles are really important to my work. I keep a notebook of titles as I think of them, and when I’ve finished a painting I will often refer back to this list. Other times the title just comes organically as I look at the finished piece. I feel that referring to the title subtly opens another element to a painting that you may not have seen or thought about.
When I paint I am immersed in the painterly experience. By combining my technical skills as a painter together with my emotional response to the landscape brings an immersive and reflective quality to my work, for both the artist and observer.