“Sometimes my day and its various challenges, influence my painting. Within each one you may often find that there is love, sorrow and hope, in no particular order.”
“Stubbornly out of step” (Cy Twombly)
Something to aspire to, I think.
My painting changed direction in 2019. I worked towards a new style, almost unaware. Having spent a lot of time in my studio in the quiet of lockdowns, I found myself pouring back over sketchbooks from 30 years ago. Discovering line drawings of flowers and plants, I started to develop a new series of work. Using these as the starting point for the current work, I am conscious that the memory of executing the original drawings feels like yesterday. The circle is a nod to a found object, it has given my work a continuity.
Exploring the drawings, and bringing in new ones, I am gathering my thoughts, while working through the joy of mixing and balancing colours. Mostly, each piece is instinctively done. Sometimes, however, my day and its various challenges, influence the painting. Within each one you may often find that there is love, sorrow and hope, in no particular order.