These paintings reflect primarily my reaction to the pure and clear colour found in flowers; but also I'm inspired by a sense of the living energy they contain, and the way in which they somehow manage to completely change and uplift the ambience of their immediate surroundings, including the mood of the viewer. I believe they can help to heal so many emotional ailments and yet their very transient nature inspires me to try and capture on canvas their amazing curative effect ! I suppose I'm just trying 'to bottle it!'
I used to use watercolour to capture the delicate nature of these blooms, but had now switched to oils on canvas in order to have a much more forceful effect. I want their energy to virtually leap out of the frame and into the environment! I also enjoy the challenge of trying to capture the very fragility and transparency of so many species of flower while using an impasto medium like oil paint which is in itself so robust. This is a property which I try to exploit to the maximum by using painting knives to lay the paint on in thick and broad slabs of juicy colour
The images in this gallery are either 'not for sale' or 'sold' however there is a 'for sale' page on this site. In addition I am happy to take on commissions so please feel free to contact me through any of the methods available on the Contact page of this site.
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