New paintings of immediate surroundings
Paintings of River Pools on the North Esk
Paintings from images absorbed from around the studio.
More images from around the studio.
Recent paintings record responses to artefacts and atmosphere on a visit to Skaill house and Skara Brae in Orkney : harpoons symbolise the struggle for existence that persists through millennia : the Norse Runic Calendar, a wooden 'ruler' marked with symbols marking the 19 year cycle of the moon,and the sickle and comb bring a glimpse of the thought patterns and lifestyles of these earlier Northerners. In one,' Marking Time I have brought in the shape left by a wall-mounted water-pump from an Angus laundry, a shadow from a different past, but still that trace, or tracing left for us. In painting the north I use a restricted palette of greys, blues and umbers.
The explosive colours of the Australian landscape visited three years ago,and dormant till now, have started to emerge in a new series of paintings where the intensity of the light, and the clarity of the blue of the sky in Alice Springs, in winter when we visited, is brighter and deeper again even than the warm hues of Italy. In trying to avoid a straightforward approach to tackling this very different landscape I am working on quick, fresh paintings in acrylic,spontaneous and intuitive in their attack on this ancient landscape and it's light and patterning of rainforest and outback.
Visits to Italy have led me to explore a warm palette in response to the richness of the architecture and interiors of Renaissance cities of Venice ,Florence, Rome and Lucca. Occasionally, the cool incense filled interiors of lofty basilicas and churches are almost in complete contrast to the colours in the sun outside. Music and musical instruments from the baroque era has been another recent preoccupation, where my still lives marry the purity of the form of the instruments with the complexity of baroque style, through a layering of images.
The inspiration for this series of paintings was the very light and colour during the long snowy winter of last year. Fields and hills close to home with looming horses in the mist and frosty air painted themselves again in a pale Northern palette.