This exhibition was in some ways very easy to create thanks to the exciting range of weather we’ve experienced throughout the year. From the Beast of the East bringing great swathes of snow – unusual in Cornwall - to the baking hot days of summer, there’s been endless inspiration for a landscape painter.
My process starts with the elements and an attempt to capture the light, atmosphere and climate of my surroundings, but tends to evolve into something less tangible. Finding the space between a prescribed figurative approach and a more abstracted spontaneity is the challenge I enjoy most in my work, as I’d like it to have many lasting interpretations.
I enjoy the physicality of oil paint, using brushes, palette knives and often whatever’s to hand to create enough variety of marks and textures across the surface to hold interest. Starting with a basic warm wash and layering paint to build detail, sometimes a whole series of paintings are created within one canvas, worked and reworked during the elusive search for competent imperfection. While my paintings are a joyous saturation of the surface, my drawings are far more about the asceticism of mark making. Exploring negative space to render the vastness and impact of a scene, these works have more stillness about them that contrasts with the frenetic energies of paint.
I hope that this collection not only records the climate and geography of Cornwall over the past year, but also reflects the enormous variety of landscapes within it. From sun-soaked golden wheat fields and snow-covered lanes, to brooding seas beneath cliffs and headlands, I can’t think of another region that could inspire so much exploration through paint.
19 November - 30 November 2018
Panter & Hall
11-12 Pall Mall
Monday to Friday
10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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If you are interested in any of the reserved paintings, it is worth contacting the gallery as there is a chance that they may become available.