July Open Studios
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My principle artistic interest is in, but not confined to, landscape painting, with subjects drawn from locations in the UK and France, and particularly from local sites around Toft in the Bourn Valley, and Cambridge.
My working method is to sketch from the motif, helping to commit my perceptions to memory, aided by photographs; followed subsequently by development in the studio. I very rarely paint final images en plein air, as on top of the practical issues connected with the effort of producing a painting in oil or acrylic, I find it not compatible with reflection, and my need for slow, incremental and intermittent development of the image.
My preoccupation, following the precept of Bonnard "it is not a question of painting life, but of making painting come alive" is with the struggle to find a means of representation that goes beyond mimetic perception to give expression to the feeling experienced and emanating from the motif.