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"This painting was inspired by my trip to Skye last winter. Although not a true representation of any particular view, the painting is an amalgamation of my feelings for these wild places. When I visit mountainous regions I always love the sense of freedom they invoke. Whether day or night, these wild areas are not crowded or noisy. I love the smells and sounds. There are, thankfully, still many wild areas I can indulge my senses in. My spirit here, like the beauty, is free."
Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (of 'crooked spire' fame) in 1959.
"Wild landscapes are my inspiration. My pictures are amalgamations or distillations of remembered landscapes.
Generally I paint on 36" x 36" square canvas. I find this size and shape pleasing to work on. My compositions are unusual in that all the detail occurs in a quarter or a fifth of the picture.
I then decide on a 'mood' colour which will unify the painting; however the first coat of paint may be the exact opposite. I generally paint with acrylics. I find them versatile and like the quick drying properties.
I like to use texture in my work. This can take different forms: impasto paint, gesso applied with a knife, texture paint, decorator's filler or smoother internal wall plaster.
I sometimes use a crackle glaze between coats of paint which produces fissures in the surface of the paint. I sometimes use 'negative texture' where I scrape back paint to the surface of the canvas. I often like to dribble or squirt paint or ink using a pipette and then disperse the dribbles with a fine water spray. This can be very unpredictable but exciting. I also use a large variety of tools for paint application."