“Artist”: A habitual practiser of a specific activity” ~ Oxford Dictionary
My habitual practise, traditional oil painting, some water colour and the act of drawing/sketching. Inspiration comes in many forms, usually the landscape. Starting with a meditative walk with ever present, constant companion, best friend “Ottie”. His quiet, pre-occupied demeanour leads to my observation and contemplation of our surroundings for the next painting. Changing seasons, weather and light make the landscape a common and challenging subject among artists. The challenge: to portray it in a different and interesting way that is unique to my experience. Be it realism or impressionism, how light provokes emotion or my use of colour, these things I try to capture in paint. Coming from an architectural illustration background means trying not to paint every detail I am attracted to. It’s an obstacle always in my way. I periodically appease the ‘beast’ by complying and rendering a still life.
“It isn’t climbing the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ~ Robert W. Service