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"This was painted straight after 'Lazy Days' and I wanted to do another painting using techniques that I had experimented with in the sky on that painting. I love Lavender as a plant and a couple of local Lavender farms gave me the initial inspiration for this painting where the Lavender is planted in long rows and looks and smells gorgeous when in flower. This was my first long panoramic landscape painting and the wide views of the long rows of Lavender were perfect for this style of canvas. I painted the Lavender in a very stylized way to match the overall style of my work and I really like the final outcome although before I started the painting I was worried that it may not work. I can usually visualize very clearly how a finished painting will look before I've even started it. For that reason I never even do a rough colour sketch for any of my paintings, they just start with a very simple pencil sketch. I don't think about the colours until I literally pick up my paintbrushes."
"Living in Poole, Dorset, means that I live only a few minutes from the countryside and only a few minutes from the sea so they will always be a feature in my paintings. The Dorset landscape is an area of great beauty and an obvious source of inspiration. Whenever possible I'll take the family off to the countryside to explore nature; it's something I always did as a child. My children are also an indirect source of inspiration as the programmes they like to watch on TV are great fun. The rolling landscapes in shows like Postman Pat, Bob The Builder and many more look so idyllic, they got me to see the world through a child's eyes.
I remember as a child that the Mr Men books were my absolute favourite and they also had those rolling hills, little cottages etc. At the other end of the scale I am inspired by paintings with good brushwork; I love traditional oil painting techniques and although I am self-taught I have always sought out information on such techniques.