‘I began painting after studying the Italian Renaissance and being introduced to the world of frescoes! The immediacy of applying paint to a wall or canvas or a sheet of white paper has always excited me together with the thrill of placing one colour next to another and seeing what happens.
My explorations with colour and landscape has often been an emotional response as I respond to the influence of light and dark on the setting and the colours found within it. I often revisit painterly sketches to rethink and explore further, months or years later, the texture and tension in the landscape first captured and then my own reaction to the images created. My fascination with Italy has endured and my work reflects that influence, time and time again, almost unconsciously. I work mainly on textured paper these days and usually complete a series of small images in one painterly space of time. These images connect with colour and shape but stand alone in their completeness.
The paintings in this exhibition are recent, mainly painted during lockdown. I have explored the possibility of creating larger paintings on canvas, based on painterly sketches completed in less restricted times. They reflect my preoccupation with shape, colour, and the juxtaposition of their impact within a landscape. I work quickly with acrylic, pastel and charcoal often not stopping until I feel the painting is almost at completion. Only then can I step back and refine the image with detail and assess its impact.
Most of my work is no larger than A4 and often smaller, so the images in the display are deceptive. A few are large canvases 76cms x50cms or 102cms x 75 and the largest is 120cms x 80cms’
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