NEW PAINTINGS: Tales to Tell 2022
These paintings tell the stories of where land and sea converge, the stone-wall repairer and his dog, the rocks at Brisons Veor, the rook, the moon and the oratory, The waves and the fishermen, and the full moon in December. These follow on from my residency awarded in December 2021 at Cape Cornwall courtesy of the Brisons Veor Trust. Please visit my blog page for drawings and reflections or click here .
The route to the painting is a long one. Paintings are constructed from present day observations and memories. These are achieved through walking. This is central to my practice. It sets me free to look, breathe and be engaged with my surroundings.
Collected items inform the sense of place, a feather, acorns, pebbles, coupled with frottage of textures/symbols. I need to start with the specifics to give the work credibility.
Building an intimate acquaintance with the land, it’s important for me to spend time sketching and observing both the places I go and the objects I collect. I never work from photographs. Instead I use the sketchbook, it releases my imagination. This takes me on an unknown journey and that is where the magic happens, that dialogue with the painting, allowing the paint to decide.
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