Remember Remember the 5th of November.
When I’m in the library, I can see these beautiful starlings from the large window. As the nights draw in, the evenings get cooler and the colours become pastel around this time every evening, these beautiful starlings put on a show on the Pier of Abersystywth. Breathtaking and indescribable.
Observation of the Welsh Landscape begins to take form into a Painting that balances somewhere between the realms of figuration and abstraction.
I start off with small thumbnail sketches through direct observation and then work them into a composition. What happens from there is a response process. I begin to layer paint and just respond to the colours, marks and forms that have went before. The way I paint relies heavily on intuition, and there are times that I have to just trust in my process. This then creates a kind of constructed experimental landscape, that’s organic and natural. I try to keep things gestural and expressive, to convey and essence of the landscape as well as translate the transient, fleeting nature of creation.
Untitled ll, acrylic on canvas, 6ft x 3.2ft, £210
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“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent Van Gogh