About the Painting:
‘Abstracting the Landscape’ for me is to work with aesthetic qualities and considerations of shape, colour, pattern, mark making, composition, to learn to make objective decisions and judgements according to these. The subject, lies somewhere beneath the painted surface.
I aim to allow my decision making to be visible, the process to be seen, the handling of the materials and media to be part of the ‘object’ I am making. My inclination is not to plan ahead or to know what is going to happen so long as I question myself, one step at a time. These questions can be answered through an informed process of construction and deconstruction. Each change is made in relation to that which I have at the moment and can be changed again in relation to future changes, so long as I retain an adherence to the original ‘truth’.
I am a studio landscape painter working mainly in oil on canvas or board. Collecting imagery from observation whether by drawing or photography is an important part of my practice. Currently, this involves making quick line or shape drawings on small, loose pieces of paper or taking photographs, as an aide memoir to interesting features and the shape of the land. Selections from this ‘notebook’ form an integral part of the process of building a new space on the canvas.
Subject matter includes my ongoing 'Beating the Bounds' series and Cornish landscape.
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