Much of my earlier work has been based on the landscape, and particularly mans' marks on the landscape. I have long thought that I needed a specific subject, a landscape, whatever, as a starting point on which to base my abstract work - recent themes have included Dartmoor, my home territory, migration in its widest sense, and friendship, memories and loss.
I have now begun a fresh approach, using colour, form, gestural marks, and instinct to let a painting evolve, relying on memory, intuition, and patience - patience to start again every day, continually overpainting and waiting for something exciting to emerge.
Earlier this year, I spent six weeks in the Shetlands. The intention was to spend time, on my own, in these remote islands, trying to find a way of painting how it felt to be there in a very different landscape. For the first few weeks the weather was challenging - bitter winds, lashing rain and hail storms, sometimes depressing, sometimes exciting, especially the spectacular seas crashing against black cliffs.
A chance meeting led me to get to know three artists living and working in the Shetlands, I went along to various music evenings, including the annual folk festival, did a lot of walking, some with visiting friends, and rented a small studio space to paint.
The Shetlands paintings shown here within the ' current work' section reflect my reaction to being in that landscape, but it was my meetings and discussions with the abstract painter Gail Harvey that turned out to be the catalyst for change. Gail works with a considered freedom, a committed honesty, and gives her paintings all the time they need to evolve ; I came home resolved to try and do the same.
I have committed to holding a major solo exhibition of my paintings at the Penwith Gallery in St.Ives in May 2019, in conjunction with the brilliant ceramicist Laurel Keeley, and I have now started on putting together a body of new work - this will take as long as it takes.
"Truth is something made, not found"
GALLERIES where my work is shown:
The Collectors Gallery, Carmel, California
Brook Gallery, Devon - www.brookgallery.co.uk
Brook Contemporary - www.brookcontemporaryart.co.uk
Marine House at Beer, Devon
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