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Places, Moments ~ Seen and Felt
On the surface my paintings are simple landscapes in a traditional framework, and I am happy with that. I’m not interested in being “on point”. But I am interested in art that is felt.
Our earth is at the pinnacle of importance for us all as a collective, as a species. Great satisfaction, calm and understanding comes from building a deep bond with the land, a bond that is in the bones, and deeper, in the soul.
I once painted landscape that was dramatic, exciting, powerful with the hope that people who saw the works would be inspired to go see it, to be in awe, be excited and to love it for its energy.
With maturity, I now want to paint places that people can visit in quiet solitude, to feel relaxed in, to be able to drift into to think, to meditate. I want to provide a little window on their wall that they can escape into.
My work is not photographic, for what is seen is only part of the story. The true experience of place takes in all the senses. An hour standing before any landscape will have changes of light, changes of sky, noises, smells and interactions like wind, heat or cold, insects, animals etc. Collectively, this is the experience of place that the landscape painter seeks to represent.
So my paintings are my story of an experience, told with paint in the same way a piano player uses just the relationship between notes to build a mood. The aim is not to imitate but to interpret in the language of paint, with all its natural tendencies. I use canvas, colours, shapes, lines and textures, but most importantly the relationships between those elements to try and transmit the less tangible – the “feel”.
I choose my locations now, not for their great beauty, but for their humble individuality, their uniqueness at that moment, their greater beauty that lies in their simple purity and timelessness.
I invite you to visit them peacefully and alone, to drift into them and hopefully find there a place, a moment – seen and felt.