Most of the work I'm showing is based on images suggested to me by Haikus written by Jack Kerouac, the American Beat Generation novelist and poet best known (to me) for his novel "On the Road" (1957).
According to Jack a "Haiku was invented and developed over hundreds of years in Japan to be complete poem in seventeen syllables and to pack in a whole vision of life in three short lines". His, that is Jack's, aim was to write short, three line poems which had to be "...very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella."
My aim is to be to draw and paint picture versions of his Haiku. There are hundreds and hundreds of them written between 1956 and 1966 - so I've plenty to keep me going!
I draw and paint from my imagination (often inspired by poetry and music) and from observation using pen/ink, charcoal, graphite, pastels and watercolour as well as, increasingly frequently (especially during lockdown), oil paints.
I'm an enthusiastic walker and always carry a sketch book to help me record the people and places I pass through - in North Oxfordshire and London as well as the hills and mountains of the UK, mainland Europe, the islands of the Mediterranean and further afield in Australia and New Zealand.