As a painter, my work has had only one source of imagery: my immediate surroundings – the sort of thing usually known as landscape or cityscape. But underlying the scenes that I select, and even more so the completed paintings, is a strong abstract pattern or arrangement that should impress itself on the observer a moment before the scene itself is recognized. I have therefore found it best to observe and sketch outdoors but to develop my paintings in the studio where the essential conception can unfold without distraction or ” information overload”.
I have worked in recent years exclusively in water-based media that I formulate myself from simple natural sources such as cherry gum (gathered from local trees), casein, egg, and wheat or rye paste; all of these usually mixed with pine resin, beeswax or linseed or walnut oil to create tempera emulsions ground with dry pigments.
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