I use traditional materials, oil paint, canvas and boards, to make lyrical, semi-abstract paintings. Ways of seeing, influenced by the work of other artists can stimulate new creative outcomes.
Preparations for Spring Fling 2020 were well underway when lockdown occurred. The theme of the work planned and begun came about from a decision to collaborate in 2020 with ceramicist Julian Francis: Landscape, Reminiscence, Abstraction and Dereliction.
We had also been invited to exhibit at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Caerlaverock Visitor Centre from April to June and planned Bright Days: Lyrical landscape paintings and shore studies by Suzanne Stuart Davies and ceramic birds by Julian Francis. This has also been postponed.
My work has developed around a fascination with the regions of the British coast and countryside over many years. Walking, taking photographs and notes, investigating and researching ideas, making ‘journey books’ – then making a new series of finished work. Inevitably more initial subjects and places catch the eye than can be made use of, so the journey books keep ideas together.
Work started on abstraction and dereliction after last year’s Spring Fling when I stayed in Eskdalemuir and became fascinated by the derelict Billholm Steading nearby. I took photographs, made drawings and on my return, a series of small oil studies. Further abstract studies are planned, based on things seen on two previous trips:
- Findochty Boat
- Lochaline Ferry
Using archive material, while not being able to plan expeditions as the weather improves and the birds sing, is practical and brings its own rewards.
A set of ‘lands’ paintings is ready – finished, framed, condition checked and wrapped, based on reminiscences and responses to places I have obsessed over during the last few years:
- Lake Lands
- Debatable Lands
- North Lands
- Home Lands
- Border Lands